April 12, 2011 at 11:28 PM
The inaugural 2011 SoxProspects.com Player and Pitcher of the Week votes were each won by members of the Greenville Drive, but the two polls were studies in contrast, one narrowly decided in favor of pitcher Kyle Stroup by a mere five votes and the other won by the slugging Brandon Jacobs by 57.
Stroup, a tall righty coming off a 2010 season lost to injury, took the hill last Friday night and shut out the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) over 5 innings, holding them to 1 hit and striking out 6 while walking 1. Although he departed with a 1-0 lead, Stroup came away with the no-decision after the GreenJackets rallied for five runs in the ninth to win, 6-2.
Jacobs could have spared a little fire power for his teammate, as Stroup's start was the only one of the opening series in which he didn't record a hit. He battered the GreenJackets, recording 3 home runs and 1 double amongst his 6 hits (6 for 14, for a .429 average), scoring 5 runs, driving in 8 and reaching base at a .500 clip. He also took 3 bases on balls versus 3 strike outs and recorded a stolen base. Jacobs, who posted a .242/.333/.411 line with 6 home runs, 18 doubles and 3 triples with Lowell in 2010, opened the season ranked as the number 33 prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com.