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2012

Pitcher and Hitter of the Week

Week Ending Pitcher of the Week Team Hitter of the Week Team
6/11 Henry Van Zant (Bowdoin College) OOB Jimmy Ricoy (Umass Lowell) PIT
6/17 Chris Good (U. of New Mexico) NAS Ryan Plourde (Fairfield University) TOR
6/24 Henry Van Zant (Bowdoin College) OOB Anyelo Roman (Dakota State) SEA
7/1 Jonathan Rosenberger (Newberry College) BRO Rob McCunney (Fordham University) BRO
7/8 Ryan Brockett (St. Mary's College) MV Kevin Stenhouse (U. of Rhode Island) SEA
7/15 Mike Bradstreet (U. of Rhode Island) MV Bryan Langlois (Pepperdine University) SEA
7/22 Oliver Van Zant (Bowdoin College) OOB Brad Elwood (UNC-Charlotte) NS
7/29 John Sheehan (William and Mary) BRO Jon Minucci (Southern New Hampshire) NAS
8/5 Tyler Dierke (Kenyon College) TOR Greg Baggett (Bentley University) BRO
8/9 Derek Richards (Babson College) TOR Pat Parker (Northern Essex CC) NS

Pitcher of the Week Ending June 11th

Pitcher: Henry Van Zant

Team: Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide

Hometown: Westport, CT

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Bowdoin College

Year (2013): Sophomore

Van Zant tossed two games in relief going four innings in total while retiring nine out of the twelve outs via strikeout. Van Zant has been dominant for the Raging Tide allowing just one hit and a walk in his four innings.

 

Van Zant is coming off a stellar freshman campaign for the Polar Bears in which he threw 40.1 innings of relief while posting a 2.23 ERA to go along with 34 strikeouts.


Player of the Week Ending June 11th

Player: Jimmy Ricoy

Team: Pittsfield Suns

Hometown: Lowell, MA

Position: OF

B/T: R/R

College: UMass Lowell

Year (2013): Sophomore

Jimmy Ricoy continues to rack up the awards in the early going. Ricoy was 9-19 (.474) on the week with three doubles, two homers, seven runs scored, and seven RBIs. His best game came on June 8th when he went 3-4 with a double and two homers. So far this season Ricoy has paced the Suns’ offensive attack.

 

Ricoy had a very good freshman year for the River Hawks in which he started 44 games while hitting .267 with two homeruns and 38 RBI. The Lowellnative was named to the NE-10 All-Conference Rookie Team.


Pitcher of the Week Ending June 17th

Pitcher: Chris Good

Team: Nashua Silver Knights

Hometown: Forney, TX

Position: LHP

B/T: L/L

College: University of New Mexico

Year (2013): Sophomore

Good was spectacular on Sunday for the Silver Knights shutting down one of the league’s most potent offenses in the Pittsfield Suns. The big lefty from Texas tossed seven frames, scattering two hits and two walks while striking out five. Good did allow one unearned run, but dominated on his way to earning the victory for Nashua. He lowered his season ERA to 0.69 which puts him 8th among the league.

 

Good is coming off a redshirt year for the New Mexico Lobos. He looks poised to grab a spot in their rotation next year. 


Player of the Week Ending June 17th

Player: Ryan Plourde

Team: Torrington Titans

Hometown: Oakville, CT

Position: C

B/T: R/R

College: Fairfield University

Year (2013): Junior

Plourde did everything for Torrington this week as he hit for average, power, and showed off some speed on the basebaths. The Titans catcher hit .417 over the course of the week while collecting a double and a homer. Plourde knocked in seven runs while scoring two and stole four bases in five attempts. The Fairfield product upped his season line to .412/.500/.706 (AVG/OBP/SLG).

 

Plourde had an outstanding season for Fairfield pacing the Stags offensively with a .328 batting average, six homers, and 32 walks. He was named to the All-MAAC Second Team.


Pitcher of the Week Ending June 24th

Pitcher: Henry Van Zant

Team: Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide

Hometown: Westport, CT

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Bowdoin College

Year (2013): Sophomore

If the name looks familiar it is because Van Zant won Pitcher of the Week after the first week of the season. Van Zant’s numbers this past week are identical to those that earned him the award the first week. He tossed four innings in relief, struck out nine, and allowed only one base runner in the form of a single. So far this season, the right-hander has logged 10.1 innings in relief, given up three singles and two walks, and struck out 22 batters. Van Zant is completely dominating hitters right now as he is leading the league in strikeouts as a reliever. If he continues on this pace he will undoubtedly collect several awards at the end of the season.  

 

Van Zant is coming off a stellar freshman campaign for the Polar Bears in which he threw 40.1 innings of relief while posting a 2.23 ERA to go along with 34 strikeouts.


Player of the Week Ending June 24th

Player: Anyelo Roman

Team: Seacoast Mavericks

Hometown: Lowell, MA

Position: IF

B/T: R/R

College: Dakota State University

Year (2013): Senior

Roman torched any and all pitching this past week as he went 11-20 (.550) in five games. He also added two doubles, ten runs scored, four homeruns, and nine RBIs to make this one of the best weeks in the history of the FCBL. Roman’s best game came on Friday when he belted two homeruns to pace the Mavericks offense against Wachusett. Who knows what additional damage Roman could have done had last night’s game against the Sharks not been suspended due to darkness. Through seven innings Roman was already 3-3 with two doubles and a homer.

 

Roman had a tremendous spring at Dakota State as he was named to the A.I.I. All-Conference First Team after breaking school records in hits (70), RBIs (55), and homeruns (17).


Pitcher of the Week Ending July 1st

Pitcher: Jonathan Rosenberger

Team: Brockton Rox

Hometown: Williamston, SC

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Newberry College (SC)

Year (2013): Sophomore

The big right-hander for Brockton tossed a gem on Saturday, June 30th against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Rosenberger went seven scoreless innings while surrendering only one hit and walking two batters. He also fanned seven en route to earning his first win of the season. For the season, Rosenberger is now 1-0 in 18.2 innings with a 1.45 ERA and 15 strikeouts. With performances like this, Rosenberger looks poised to make a run at a spot on the All-Star team.

 

Rosenberger appeared in 16 games for the Wolves as a freshman this past spring, finishing with 34 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched. 


Player of the Week Ending July 1st

Player: Rob McCunney

Team: Brockton Rox

Hometown: Cohasset, MA

Position: SS

B/T: R/R

College: Fordham University

Year (2013): Junior

The Fordham product had a tremendous week going 10-21 (.476) with eight runs scored and RBIs. The highlight of McCunney’s week came on Wednesday, June 27th when he had one of the greatest nights for a hitter in FCBL history. McCunney went 5-5 and hit for the cycle, the first time any player has done that in the FCBL. His five hits that night also marked the first time in FCBL history that any player has collected that many hits in one game. McCunney finished the week with a spectacular .476/.522/1.000 clip that included three doubles, a triple, two homeruns, and a walk.

 

McCunney is coming off an injury plagued season for the Rams in which he hit .189 in 24 games.


Pitcher of the Week Ending July 8th

Pitcher: Ryan Brockett

Team: Martha’s Vineyard Sharks

Hometown: West Hills, CA

Position: LHP

B/T: L/L

College: St. Mary’s College (CA)

Year (2013): Junior

Brockett was flat out dominant in his only outing this past week for the Sharks. The left-hander went 8.0 innings and struck out ten while giving up no hits, runs, or walks. Brocket was perfect through eight innings and was only taken out due to the new pitching guidelines the FCBL has instituted to prevent overuse and injuries from occurring. This was Brockett’s second outstanding outing on the season, with the previous one coming on June 26th against the North Shore Navigators in which he struck out ten in 7.2 innings. Brockett’s perfect outing lowered his ERA to 1.46. He is now 1-0 with 27 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched on the season.

 

As a sophomore this past spring Brockett made a career-best 19 appearances all coming out of the bullpen for the Gaels. He finished the year with a 1-1 record and a 2.50 ERA and in 36.0 innings pitched he allowed 41 hits, 10 earned runs, with 15 walks and 35 strike outs.


Player of the Week Ending July 8th

Player: Kevin Stenhouse

Team: Seacoast Mavericks

Hometown: Warwick, RI

Position: 1B/OF

B/T: L/R

College: University of Rhode Island

Year (2013): Senior

Kevin Stenhouse continues to impress with another tremendous week for the Seacoast Mavericks. The big first baseman was 9-20 (.450) on the week with five runs, a double, two homeruns, and six runs batted in. The Rhode Island native also drew five walks and added a stolen base on July 4th against the Pittsfield Suns. Stenhouse currently is leading the FCBL with a .422 batting average and is tied for 2nd in homeruns (5) behind only Jon Minucci (Southern New Hampshire) of the Nashua Silver Knights. Stenhouse’ on-base percentage (.500) and slugging percentage (.663) pace the league as well. One of the best position players in the league, Stenhouse has yet to earn the Player of the Night honors this season.

 

Stenhouse appeared in 38 games for the Rams this spring while hitting .303 with 3 homeruns.


Pitcher of the Week Ending July 15th

Pitcher: Mike Bradstreet

Team: Martha’s Vineyard Sharks

Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: University of Rhode Island

Year (2013): Senior

The Sharks have stayed in the race due to the efforts of their two aces, Mike Bradstreet and Ryan Brockett. Brockett earned Pitcher of the Week honors last week and now it’s Bradstreet’s opportunity to take home the award. The right-hander was 2-0 in 16.0 innings pitched this past week. Bradstreet only allowed eleven hits and one walk while striking out fifteen batters. His ERA on the week was a miniscule 1.69 ERA, however, he actually raised his season ERA. The Pennsylvania prep product is now 5-0 on the season with a 1.28 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched.

 

Bradstreet led the Rams in appearances with 22 while posting a 5.31 ERA out of the bullpen this past spring.


Player of the Week Ending July 15th

Player: Bryan Langlois

Team: Seacoast Mavericks

Hometown: Oak Park, CA

Position: OF

B/T: R/R

College: Pepperdine University

Year (2013): Sophomore

The Mavericks cruised to a 4-2 record this past week due in large part to the offensive production of Bryan Langlois. The Pepperdine product was 11-27 (.407) on the week with five runs scored and nine runs batted in. Langlois also added two doubles and two homeruns to go along with his three stolen bases. The highlight of the Mavericks’ outfielder’s week occurred on July 10th against the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs. Langlois was 5-6 with a homerun and six RBIs. He is now batting .391 on the season with nine doubles and two homeruns after being added as a late addition to the Mavericks’ roster. While Langlois has certainly impressed in the time he has been in the league, the question remains will it be enough to earn him a trip to Nashua for the All-Star Game?

 

This past spring Langlois appeared in 33 games and batted .310 for Pepperdine. He also had a homerun and twelve RBIs.


Pitcher of the Week Ending July 22nd

Pitcher: Oliver Van Zant

Team: Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide

Hometown: Westport, CT

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Bowdoin College

Year (2013): Senior

The elder Van Zant was dominant this past week for the Raging Tide, starting two games and pitching 11.0 innings. Van Zant allowed only 6 hits and surrendered 7 walks; however, he also struck out 16 batters to dominate the competition. His outstanding week helped to lower his ERA from 2.37 to 2.10 and tie for 3rd in the league in strikeouts (41) with his brother Henry. Van Zant has had an outstanding year for the Raging Tide, though his 1-2 record does not reflect it, striking out 12.3 batters per 9 innings which leads the FCBL. Oliver will not be pitching in the All-Star Game after arriving late after a stint in the Cape Cod League, but he will showcase himself at Scout Day this Thursday, July 26th.

 

Van Zant was dominant for the Polar Bears this past spring, posting a 5-3 record in 73.1 innings pitched. He struck out 95 batters and had an ERA of 2.21. He was named his conference’s (NESCAC) Pitcher of the Year for the 2nd time.


Player of the Week Ending July 22nd

Player: Brad Elwood

Team: North Shore Navigators

Hometown: Indian Trail, NC

Position: IF

B/T: L/R

College: UNC-Charlotte

Year (2013): Sophomore

It was a great week for Brad Elwood as the UNC-Charlotte sophomore was not only named the Player of the Week, but also won the Fan Vote for the 25th player on the New 5 All-Star Game roster. It’s easy to see why Elwood garnered so much support from the fans, the leadoff hitter for the Navigators hit safely in all eight games that he played in this week. Elwood was 17-33 (.515) on the week with 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, and a triple. He also added 4 RBIs, 5 walks, and a stolen base. The Charlotte product was a menace at the top of the lineup for North Shore this past week collecting multiple doubles in two different games. On July 17th against the Silver Knights and on July 20th against the Rox Elwood was 3-5 with 2 doubles. Elwood raised his batting average 56 points this past week from .230 to where it currently stands at .286.

 

This past spring as a freshman for the 49ers, Elwood started all 31 games he appeared in and batted .269 with 7 doubles and 3 triples. 


Pitcher of the Week Ending July 29th

Pitcher: John Sheehan

Team: Brockton Rox

Hometown: Westwood, MA

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: College of William and Mary

Year (2013): Senior

The stocky reliever for Brockton was especially dominant this past week appearing in 3 games and recording two wins out of the bullpen for the Rox. The right-hander from William and Mary tossed 6.0 innings on the week while going 2-0 with 11 strikeouts. Sheehan also surrendered just 4 hits and did not give up a walk in his time out of the bullpen. Sheehan was not selected for the All-Star Game this past week, but was elected to throw in front of scouts as a part of the Scout Day portion of the All-Star Game. Sheehan is having a great year for Brockton, as he is 5-1 on the season with a 1.73 ERA in 26.0 innings pitched. The Westwood High product has also struck out 34 while walking 9 and giving up 23 hits.

 

Sheehan appeared in 7 games this past spring for William and Marry, compiling an ERA of 5.79. Sheehan looks poised to grab a spot at the back end of the bullpen next spring after his tremendous summer in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. 


Player of the Week Ending July 29th

Player: Jon Minucci

Team: Nashua Silver Knights

Hometown: Madison, CT

Position: OF

B/T: R/R

College: Southern New Hampshire University

Year (2013): Senior

Minucci’s tremendous week continues as he is named the Player of the Week after taking home Player of the Night honors on July 27th a night after being named the Most Valuable Player of the Inaugural All-Star Game. In total on the week, Minucci was 10-25 (.400) with 7 runs, 2 walks, and 2 stolen bases. Minucci also belted 3 homeruns on the week while driving in 7 RBIs. In the Inaugural All-Star Game, Minucci started in right field and went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI while making a great diving catch in the 4th inning in front of his home crowd in Nashua, NH. One day later Minucci picked up where he left off, swatting two homeruns in a doubleheader against the Torrington Titans. His incredible week only adds to the great season that Minucci is already having. On the year he is hitting .296 with a league leading 11 homeruns and 29 RBIs. He’s also added 25 runs scored and 8 stolen bases to show off a power/speed combination.

 

Minucci has markedly improved since last season with Nashua when he hit .238 with 2 homeruns. This past spring Minucci was one of two players to start all 58 games for the Penmen and was named to the NE-10 Conference’s 2nd team after helping to lead Southern New Hampshire deep into the Division 2 World Series.


Pitcher of the Week Ending August 5th

Pitcher: Tyler Dierke

Team: Torrington Titans

Hometown: Hudson, WI

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Kenyon College

Year (2013): Senior

Dierke recently was awarded the Pitcher of the Month for July after putting up outstanding numbers that have lowered his league leading to a microscopic 0.61. Six days later, the Midwest product was not satisfied as he put up another great week for the Titans. He was 2-0 on the week with 12.0 innings pitched. He scattered 8 hits while walking only one batter. Dierke does not allow many free passes, only 8 on the season, which is one reason he has been so successful. The right-hander also struck out 11 to move him to 7th in the FCBL in strikeouts (47). On the season, Dierke has won 7 games which set a new FCBL record for wins in a season. Along with teammate Alec Palioca (Wheaton College), Dierke has carved up opposing batters this season and helped the Titans close in on a playoff berth, which would be the second straight year Torrington made it to the postseason.

 

Dierke was the ace for the Kenyon Lords this past spring. He started 11 games, posting a 3.27 ERA in 66.0 innings while striking out 49.


Player of the Week Ending August 5th

Player: Greg Baggett

Team: Brockton Rox

Hometown: East Bridgewater, MA

Position: C

B/T: R/R

College: Bentley

Year (2013): Senior

Brockton is on fire, winning 7 out of their last 10, and Baggett is a big reason why. The Bentley catcher was 9-31 (.290) on the week with 6 runs scored, however, when Baggett connected he inflicted damage on the opposing team. Of his 9 hits on the week, the All-Star had 2 doubles and 4 homeruns to go along with 8 runs driven in. His best night came on Friday, August 3rd when in the second game of a doubleheader with the Mavericks at Leary Field in Portsmouth, NH he blasted two homers en route to propelling the Rox to a 7-4 victory. Baggett is now hitting .304 with 13 doubles and 7 homeruns, which ties him for 4th most in the league. He’s also added 34 RBIs and has been, in conjunction with teammate Sean Ryan (Wheaton College), the offensive force for the Rox this season.

 

This past spring for the Falcons, Baggett played in 45 games and hit .294 with 8 homeruns and 32 runs batted in. His 8 homeruns were the most on the team.


Pitcher of the Week August 9th

Pitcher: Derek Richards

Team: Torrington Titans

Hometown: Framingham, MA

Position: RHP

B/T: R/R

College: Babson College

Year (2013): Junior

Richards had arguably the best start of the 2012 FCBL season, throwing the 2nd no-hitter in the history of the Futures League. Richards’ no-hitter only lasted 7 innings since this was one game of a doubleheader and doubleheaders that are unscheduled are only 7 innings. Regardless of the length of the game, his outing on August 6th was impressive nonetheless as he surrendered only 4 walks while striking out 5. He earned the win for the Titans which improved his record to 6-3 on the season. Richards has pitched well for the Titans this summer, posting a 3.31 ERA in 54.1 innings with 43 strikeouts.


Player of the Week Ending August 9th

Player: Pat Parker

Team: North Shore Navigators

Hometown: Wilmington, MA

Position: 3B

B/T: R/R

College: Northern Essex CC

Year (2013): Sophomore

Parker signed late with the Navigators after injuries and players leaving for school forced North Shore to dip into the local pool of New England players. Parker has proved to be a force for the Navigators on offense during his time with the team. The last week of the season the third baseman/designated hitter was 11-17 (.647) with 5 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. Parker also added two doubles in the playoff shortened week to earn him the final Player of the Week honors of the 2012 season.