One cannot recognize a player this week without including New Britain outfielder Garrett Guzman
for the second time this season. Garrett finished his season with 11 hits in 16 at bats (.688 Average) including hits in his last at bat on Saturday…then going 4 for 4 on Sunday and 5 for 5 on Labor Day. That is hitting successfully in his last 10 at bats to raise his average to an organization best (full season teams only) .312 Average, beating out Jose Morales
by a point (.311 Average). In addition, Guzman had 8 rbi, 5 runs scored, a double and a home run in the Rock Cats four games this week.
Guzman finished his season amongst the organization's best in several categories, including home runs (14), rbi (88), and runs scored (71). Guzman had 475 at bats in 125 games while making only 2 errors from his normal spot in left field. What a finish for Garrett Guzman…will this season earn him a spot on the 40-man roster so that he stays with the organization?
After struggling for much of the season at the plate, 5-tool prospect Danny Santiesteban finished strong hitting for a .538 Average in the Snapper's four games this week. Danny also had 2 walks, 1 double, 3 runs scored and 3 rbi for a great four game finish to his season. Danny then continued his hot streak, going 2 for 4 in each of the Snappers wins in the opening round of the playoffs. Getting it done in the playoffs earns Danny a spot as this week's Co-Player of the Week.
Danny's season hasn't been what he wanted as he hit for only a .219 Average in 338 at bats with 8 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 17 attempts. Perhaps this last week and a strong performance throughout the playoffs will give him the encouragement to work hard for another winter which hopefully will bring a better 2008 for this fine young man with so much natural ability.
This last week of the season, we have chosen two players to share this recognition. Beloit outfielder Danny Santiesteban rode a hot bat to take home the honor with fellow slugger Garrett Guzman. Guzman finished the year perfect at the dish, and Santiesteban led Beloit to the Midwest League Championship Series.
The two outfielders had incredible weeks.
Santiesteban put himself in position to move up.