Weekly Top 5 Player Rankings: June 22nd

It's time for the third installment of the Northwoods League player rankings, with Chris Paul and Rico Garcia  leading the pack. St. Cloud leads with three players on these lists, with Battle Creek and Kenosha in second with two. 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 three:

HITTERS

1. Chris Paul, St. Cloud Rox (Previous Week: 3)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 St. Cloud Rox 22 83 16 32 8 1 4 20 8 8 4 .386

Paul, a junior from California-Berkley, has been on a tear to claim the top spot in the weekly player rankings. He's hitting .324 over the last ten games and leads the league with a .386 batting average. He's on top in hits (32), total bases (54), doubles (8) and slugging percentage (.651). He's also 4-4 on stolen base attempts and has hit four home runs, good of fourth in the league.

2. Pat Porter, Kenosha Kingfish (N/A)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 Kenosha Kingfish 23 87 18 26 6 2 5 24 11 11 0 .299

The league-leader in RBIs (24), Porter, a junior from Ohio State, has hit the ball very well to pull into the rankings. He's hitting .343 over his last ten games to raise his batting average to .299 while he does damage with extra base hits. He's second in the league with 13 extra base hits and is third with five home runs. He's also piled up 51 total bases, three shy of Paul.

3. Paul DeJong, Wisconsin Woodchucks (1)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 Wisconsin Woodchucks 24 97 22 26 7 0 7 21 9 22 3 .268

A sophomore from Illinois State, DeJong is the definition of a power hitter. He's slugged a Northwoods League-leading seven home runs this summer as well placing second with seven doubles and 21 RBIs. He leads the league with 14 extra base hits and 22 runs and he's also drawn nine walks and stole three bases.

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

PITCHERS

1. Rico Garcia, Kenosha Kingfish (1)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 Kenosha Kingfish 2 1 0.54 5 5 0 0 33 28 8 20

For the second straight week, Rico Garcia, a Hawaii Pacific junior, is the top pitcher in the Northwoods. Garcia, who leads the league in inning pitched, has been absolutely dominant. He's struck out 28 over 33 innings while allowing just one walk and has assembled a 0.54 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP. In his most recent start, a loss, he allowed just one earned run over seven innings.

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

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 St. Cloud Rox 3 1 0.34 5 4 0 0 26.1 29 10 10

The league leader in strikeouts, complete games and wins, Reese Gregory, remains second to Garcia for the second consecutive week. Gregory, a sophomore at St. Cloud State, has been dominant however. Last night's league pitcher of the night, Gregory has a 0.34 ERA (second in the league) over 26 1/3 innings. He also has a 0.76 WHIP and averages 9.9 K/9.

3. Adam Bray, Waterloo Bucks (N/A)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 Waterloo Bucks 3 0 0.00 4 4 0 0 23 26 4 10

The first thing anybody sees when they look at Adam Bray's stats is his spotless ERA. He's made four starts- and gone five innings plus in each of them- without allowing an earned run. Bray's struck out 26 in 23 innings of work and is 3-0 with an incredible 0.61 WHIP. He also strikes out 10 per nine innings and averages just one walk. His last three starts have been six shutout innings and he's allowed under four hits in each of them.

4. Dakota Mekkes, Battle Creek (4)
5. Kyle Slack, Battle Creek (N/A)

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