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August 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Players of the Week, 8/11-17: Keith Couch & Keury De La Cruz

Keith Couch, SPPortland Sea Dogs - 1 G, 8.0 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB/7 K, 0.62 WHIP, 7.88 K/9, 6.50 G/F, .080 BAA, .259 OPSA

Couch twirled an impressive eight shutout innings of two hit-ball in his sole outing of the period against Richmond (SFG) August 16, holding the Flying Squirrels to a pair of hits while striking out seven. This outing continued a strong run of 19 scoreless innings dating back to July 29. Couch is currently the thirty-fifth ranked prospect in the organization by This is his first Pitcher of the Week award of 2014.

Season Line: 18 G, 93.0 IP, 7-1, 2.52 ERA, 93 H, 26 ER, 20 BB/70 K, .260 BAA  


Keury De La Cruz, OF, Portland Sea Dogs - 5 G, 16 AB, 19 PA, 11 H, 2 HR, 2 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB/1 K, 1 SB, .688/.737/1.888

De La Cruz completed the Portland sweep of the weekly player honors on the strength of his impressive triple-slash line, hitting .188 points better than his nearest rival, over .200 points better in slugging, and more than doubling in OPS. He recorded a hit in each of his five games played, piling up multiple hits in all but one, including a pair of outings on which he went 2 for 3 with a home run in each against Akron (CLE) August 14 and against Richmond, August 16, in support of Keith Couch's effort. As with his Portland teammate, this is De La Cruz's first Player of the Week honor of 2014. He was also named Eastern League Player of the Week for the same period.

Season Line: 57 G, .303/.330/.438 (63 for 208), 5 HR, 13 2B, 10 BB/44 K, 3 SB (2 CS)    

Honorable Mention, Pitchers:

Matt Barnes (PAW)

Ty Buttrey (GRE)

German Taveras (GRE)

Aaron Wilkerson (LOW)

Honorable Mention, Batters:

Garin Cecchini (PAW)

Reed Gragnani (SAL)

Manuel Margot (SAL/GRE)

Joseph Monge (LOW)

Photo credit: Keith Couch and Keury De La Cruz

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