Weekly Top 5 Player Rankings: June 14th


The top player of the week, Wisconsin slugger Paul DeJong. 

It's time for the second installment of the Northwoods League player rankings, and a different group of player have moved into the rankings. To refresh your memories, I use a formula similar to what is used in fantasy baseball and rank the top five pitchers and the top five hitters. Here goes week number two:

HITTERS

1. Paul DeJong, Wisconsin Woodchucks (Last week: N/A)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 Wisconsin Woodchucks 16 67 17 21 6 0 6 20 6 13 2 .313

DeJong has hit the ball extremeley well over the last week, hitting .385 over the last ten days with five home runs and 17 RBIs. The Illinois State sophomore leads the league in home runs with six and is tied in first in RBIs with 20. He also picked up two 5+ RBI games and has been named the player of the night twice. He's helped turn the Woodchucks season around as they've gone on a seven game winning streak to pull into second place.

2. Tyler Hermann, Eau Claire Express (N/A)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 Eau Claire Express 18 69 14 27 6 0 2 10 9 8 4 .391

Second in the league in average, Hermann, from Milwaukee, has hit the ball well. He leads the league in hits with 27, four more then the second place hitter. He's also scored 14 runs (good for fourth) and has six doubles which is tied for second. He's had back-to-back multi-hit games three times already and scored multiple runs in four straight games earlier in the season.

3. Chris Paul, St. Cloud Rox (N/A)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 St. Cloud Rox 15 60 11 23 6 1 3 17 3 7 2 .383

A 2013 Northwoods League returnee, Cal-Berkley junior Chris Paul has found his stride once against after hitting .299 and tied for second with 20 doubles. This season is more of the same as he's hitting an impressive .383 (3rd in league) with 17 RBIs (2nd) and six doubles (2nd). He's also already one three player of the night awards, tops in the league.

4. Mike Nadratowski, La Crosse Loggers (N/A)
5. Clay Ardeeser, St. Cloud Rox (2)

PITCHERS

1. Rico Garcia, Kenosha Kingfish (N/A)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 Kenosha Kingfish 2 0 0.34 4 4 0 0 26 25 6 14

The two-time pitcher of the night, Rico Garcia, has been absolutely dominant this season. The Hawaii Pacific junior has made four starts, going at least six innings in all of them. He leads the league in both innings pitched (26) and strikeouts (25) while also placing second in ERA with a hard-to-believe 0.34 mark. His WHIP is 0.77, a mark typical of a closer or reliever. He's allowed just one earned run and in his most recent start, he struck out 10 of the 25 batters he faced while giving up just two hits.

2. Reese Gregory, St. Cloud Rox (1)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 St. Cloud Rox 2 1 0.45 4 3 0 0 20 23 8 9

Last week's top pitcher, Gregory was handed a loss against Thunder Bay in his last start despite not allowing an earned run. The St. Cloud State sophomore ranks third in the league with a 0.45 ERA and also has an impressive 0.85 WHIP with averaging 10.35 strikeouts per nine innings. 

3. Jordan Ruckman, Eau Claire (N/A)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 Eau Claire Express 2 0 2.25 4 3 0 1 20 22 9 9

From Northern Illinois, Ruckman has quickly moved from the Express bullpen to a key component of the Eau Claire rotation. Since appearing out of the bullpen on opening day, he's become lights out from the starters position. He's struck out 22 in 20 innings of work while holding a 2.25 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. 

4. Dakota Mekkes, Battle Creek (N/A)
5. Austin Klein, Willmar (N/A)

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