Weekly Top Five Player Rankings: July 6th

The fourth installment of the Weekly Top 5 Player rankings- with the fourth of July and the first half coming to a close, these are a little late. Pat Porter and Reese Gregory take over the top spots as each of the top two in both hitters and pitchers belong to St. Cloud and Kenosha. 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 four:

HITTERS

1. Pat Porter, Kenosha Kingfish (Last week: 2)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 Kenosha Kingfish 36 138 30 42 11 2 7 40 19 21 0 .304

Porter, a junior from Ohio State, takes over the top spot in the rankings, leapfrogging St. Cloud's Paul. The two-time player of the night has the league lead in RBIs (40) by over nine, an has also slugged seven home runs and scored 30 runs. He has a .304 average and 20 extra base hits, and has struck out just two more times then he's walked.

2. Chris Paul, St. Cloud Rox (LW: 1)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 St. Cloud Rox 35 128 24 43 10 1 6 28 18 17 11 .336

A junior from Cal-Berkley, Paul dropped out of the first spot but is still enjoying an impressive summer. He has ten doubles, six home runs and has driven in 28 runs while holding an impressive .336 average. He has 24 runs and 18 walks to  just 17 strikeouts over 35 games. He also already has taken home three player of the night awards.

3. Paul DeJong, Wisconsin Woodchucks (LW: 3)

Season Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG
Northwoods 2014 Wisconsin Woodchucks 36 145 33 40 11 0 10 26 16 34 5 .276

A power hitter, DeJong has 21 extra base hits- ten of which were home runs as he leads the league in both HR and runs scored (33). The sophomore from Illinois State may just have a .276 average, but it's his sluggling abilities that carry him into the No. 3 spot.

4. Tyler Sullivan, Mankato (LW: N/A)
5. David Kerian, Waterloo (LW: N/A)

PITCHERS

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

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 St. Cloud Rox 4 1 1.44 7 6 0 0 37.1 41 13 21

After following behind Rico Garcia for the past two weeks in these rankings, Gregory, a sophomore from St. Cloud State, jumped ahead. He's gone five plus innings in all of his starts and leads the league with 41 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings of work. He has a WHIP of 0.91 and an ERA of 1.44 that ranks second in the league.

2. Rico Garica, Kenosha Kingfish (LW: 1)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 Kenosha Kingfish 3 2 1.85 7 7 0 0 43.2 34 9 30

Garcia, a sophomore from Hawaii Pacific, has had one bad start this summer and it was enough to drop him to second. He gave up seven earned runs- five more then his season total- to raise his season ERA to a 1.85, but he still has had quite the summer. He has 34 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings and a WHIP of 0.91. 

3. Andrew Towns, Willmar Stingers (LW: N/A)

Season Team W L ERA G GS SHO SV IP SO BB H
Northwoods 2014 Willmar Stingers 3 0 2.43 6 6 1 0 40.2 35 8 34

Previously unranked, Towns, a freshman from Walters state, has been a model of consistency. He has thrown six innings in all but one of his starts and has two starts of eight plus innings, one a complete game shutout of Duluth. His last start was eight innings and he allowed just one earned run while striking out nine. He has a 2.43 ERA on the season with 35 strikeouts over 40 2/3 innings.

4. Adam Bray, Waterloo Bucks (LW: 3)
5. Troy Black, Madison Mallards (LW: N/A)

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