Strasburg, Rosario earn top honors
Nationals' top pick has longest outing of AFL season
Phoenix, Ariz. -- Scottsdale Scorpions catcher Wilin Rosario (Rockies) and Phoenix Desert Dogs right-handed starter Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) are the Arizona Fall League's Week 4 Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Wilin Rosario, Scottsdale Scorpions
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Rosario hit .545 (6-for-11) for the week with six runs, three homers, four RBIs and one stolen base. For the week, he led the league in slugging percentage and finished second in runs scored.
The 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic enters Week 5 with a six-game hitting streak during which he is batting .429 (9-for-21) with seven runs, a double, three homers and five RBIs.
Signed by Colorado as a free agent in 2006, Rosario is a .270 hitter in 220 Minor League games over the past four seasons. He spent 2009 with Class A Advanced Modesto, where he hit .266 in 58 games.
Stephen Strasburg, Phoenix Desert Dogs
The 21-year-old Strasburg, Washington's first-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of San Diego State University, won his only start last week when he had a league-leading six strikeouts and allowed one run on four hits and a walk over five innings in his longest Fall League outing in four starts.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Strasburg (3-1, 5.28 ERA) shares the league lead with three wins and is tied for fourth with 17 strikeouts.
The San Diego, Calif. native has allowed nine earned runs in 15 1/3 innings and leads active Fall League starters in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.98.
Other hitters receiving Player of the Week consideration were Surprise Rafters corner infielder and Week 1 Player of the Week Brandon Laird (Yankees), Surprise infielder Marcus Lemon (Rangers) and Scottsdale center fielder Jose Tabata (Pirates).
Other pitchers receiving consideration were Peoria Javelinas left-handed reliever Zach Braddock (Brewers) and last week's Pitcher of the Week, Scottsdale starter Donnie Veal (Pirates).
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