CALIFORNIA LEAGUE HONORS FOR 6/9

For the week ending June 9, the California League has recognized the following players:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Max Muncey 1B, STOCKTON PORTS (A’s)

Muncey, the A’s #16 prospect (Baseball America), had a 3-homer game on June 5 against the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros) and that was just one part of his big week. The 2012 fifth-round pick out of Baylor posted a line of .393/.469/.929 for the week, going 11-for-28 with 5 HR and 16 RBI while scoring 7 runs. On the season, Muncey’s putting up big numbers for the Ports with a line of .296/.404/.515 with 16 HR and 58 RBI in 67 games.

BA cites Muncey’s pitch recognition as a plus, but, going into 2013, they had concerns with his power. The first-half numbers seem to be answering those questions as Muncey is driving the ball with power in hiA ball.

 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK – KRAMER SNEED, LHP, INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS (Angels)

Sneed had two dominant outings last week for a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 0.69. He threw a total of 13 innings, allowing 1 run on 7 hits with 1 BB and 11 K’s. The stellar week improved Sneed to 6-1 on the year with a 2.93 ERA and 16 BB vs. 58 K’s over 61 1/3 IP.

Sneed was part of the package that came from the Yankees to the Angels in the Vernon Wells trade. He’s split time between starting and relieving since being drafted by the Yankees in the 32nd round in 2010, with only four starts last season in 31 appearances. But the Angels have him in the Inland Empire rotation this year and after 12 starts he is thriving.

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