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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (8/6 – 8/12)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: Chiefs OF Michael Vento earns the knod this week after putting together a 7-for-21 week (.333). Vento hit safely in the first four games he played of the week to run his hit streak to a personal season-high seven games. He began the week with a 3-for-6 day in Ottawa scoring two runs while smacking a double.

HONORABLE MENTION: C Robinzon Diaz had a team-high .357 batting average (5-for-14) with two doubles and a RBI.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: The bullpen was terrific for the Chiefs over the past seven days so it only makes sense that a reliever takes home the honor this week. RHP Lee Gronkiewicz posted a 1-0 record in two games throwing four shutout frames. Gronkiewicz gave up only two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

HONORABLE MENTION: A pair of relievers gave Gronkiewicz a run for his money this week. RHP Jordan De Jong went 1-0 in three appearances throwing 3.1 innings. He surrendered no runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts. RHP Justin James threw five innings without giving up an earned run in two appearances.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (7/30 – 8/5)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: C Robinzon Diaz began the week in style with a breakout 3-for-4 night at the dish August 1st versus Rochester. Diaz picked up his first two extra-base hits in Triple-A (a double and a homer) while driving in four. For the whole week, Diaz batted .400 (8-for-20) with five runs batted in and three runs scored.

HONORABLE MENTION: OF Chad Mottola continued to climb closer to becoming the second Chief in the history of the club to have 100 career home runs in a Syracuse uniform. Mottola drilled his 97th homer for the Chiefs (his 14th of the year) during a 7-for-25 week (.280). Mottola scored five runs and drove in three for the Chiefs.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: 
During a historic week for Josh Banks he was outshined by RHP Jeremy Cummings. Cummings made two starts compiling a 1-0 record with a 1.54 earned run average allowing two runs in 11.2 innings. Cummings threw 5.2 shutout innings in Ottawa on August 4th.

HONORABLE MENTION: Banks does earn an honorable mention bid picking up a win in his only start of the week. Banks throws seven solid innings August 1st versus Rochester for his 10th win of the season. The victory made Banks the first Chiefs pitcher since Doug Linton from 1990 to 1992 to put together consecutive ten or more win seasons. Banks went 10-11 a year ago.

AROUND THE FARM: DIAZ

Diaz Due to the holiday “The Farm” was closed yesterday so a day late here is this week’s “Around the Farm” report.  Today we take a look at the Blue Jays representative in the Futures Game, Robinzon Diaz of the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Diaz, who was signed as a non-drafted free-agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2000 at 17 years old, was selected as one of two catchers on the World Squad for this Sunday’s game which will be played in San Francisco.  The Manchester Union Leader has a nice article on were Diaz grew up and how far he has come in his seventh season in professional baseball.

The 22 year-old Diaz enters Thursday 7th in the Eastern League with a .323 Batting Average.  The right-handed hitter had a sizzling June during which he hit .392 (38-97) with 5 doubles a triple and 8 RBI and raised his season average from .277 to .321. 

In addition to the Futures Game Diaz will represent the Northern Division in the Eastern League All-Star Game to be played in Connecticut on Wednesday, July 11th. Diaz will be joined by fellow Fisher Cats Sergio Santos, Rob Cosby, Tracy Thorpe and Aaron Mathews.

All-Star selections are nothing new for Diaz, this will be the fourth straight season he has participated in the mid-season classic for his league (2004 South Atlantic League, 2005 and 2006 Florida State League) and he has also been named to his league’s post-season All-Star team every year since 2003 (Appalachian League).

Diaz was added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster before the 2007 season after finishing six professional seasons with a career Minor League average of .303.  The lowest he has hit along the way was .287 for Single-A Charleston is 2004.  He is more of a doubles hitter, 104 career doubles entering 2007, then a home run hitter, just 9 entering this season.  Diaz, like fellow catching prospect Curtis Thigpen, has also moved out from behind the plate for the first time this season appearing in 8 games at third base.

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