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Bishop chosen EL player of the week

ShareRawley Bishop went from an Eastern League player of the week candidate to its winner Monday.

Bishop, the Erie SeaWolves first baseman, received the honor for the week ending Sunday. And what a week it was for the Spring Hill, Tenn., native.

Erie went 5-1 for a home stand at Jerry Uht Park that ended with Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Bowie in 10 innings. Bishop ended that game with the decisive single, which represented his 13th hit and 13th RBI over those six games.

Bishop also scored 10 runs, walked four times, hit three home runs and finished with a slugging percentage of 1.087. Just for good measure, the 24-year old also stole a base.

The Detroit Tigers promoted Bishop, picked in the 19th round of the 2009 amateur draft, to Erie from Single-A Lakeland (Fla.) on June 20. Since then, he has a .275 batting average with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 46 games.

Bishop’s home run count ties him with Cale Iorg, the SeaWolves’ only position player continuously left from opening day, for the team’s active lead.

The league honor was the second in as many weeks for an Erie player.

Right-hander Brooks Brown was cited as pitcher of the week for the week ending Aug. 8. He was supplanted by this week’s selection, Altoona Curve starter Justin Wilson.

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Detroit called up Tyson Kendrick to the SeaWolves on Monday, although the catcher’s promotion from Single-A Connecticut is expected to be a brief one.

Erie is scheduled to place catcher Andy Bouchie on the league’s bereavement list so he can attend his grandfather’s funeral. SeaWolves manager Phil Nevin said Bouchie was expected to return by the time the team comes home for their weekend series against the Reading Phillies.

Kendrick, 22, was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Tigers this year. Born in Arkansas City, Kan., he began his professional career in June with Connecticut of the short-season New York-Penn League.

In 10 games, Kendrick has hit .263 as a catcher and designated hitter.

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Kendrick is expected to join Erie in Harrisburg, where the teams will play their only series at Metro Bank Park for the 2010 season. The SeaWolves and Senators also played only one series at Uht Park (May 28-31), even though both are Western Division entries.

Erie, which was off Monday, is bound for the state capital with a 54-67 record and winners of nine of its last 10.

The Senators (63-57) lost two of three at Trenton over the weekend. Harrisburg goes into Tuesday’s series opener one game behind second-place Bowie (64-56) for the division’s postseason wild card berth.

All three games at Metro Bank Park have scheduled starts of 7 p.m. Probable starters for the series are: Erie RH Anthony Shawler (3-2, 4.89 ERA) vs. Harrisburg RH Brad Peacock (1-1, 6.61 ERA) on Tuesday; RH Brooks Brown (11-7, 3.70) vs. LH Tom Milone (9-5, 2.95) on Wednesday; and LH Duane Below (4-12, 5.12) vs. RH Ryan Tatusko (0-1, 3.38) on Thursday.

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I'm surprised this guy doesn't get more notice. He's only been in the Tigers organization since being drafted last year but has - made the NYPL All Star Squad, named Oneonta Tigers MVP for last year, made the FSL All Star Squad, Eastern League Player of the week with a stat line that is hard to believe .565/.607/1.087, 13-for-23, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. He has been recognized by each of his managers as an excellent defensive player which is substantiated by the following lines: 2009 Oneonta .994% fielding percentage committing only 4 errors in 640 chances then 2010 combined stats from Lakeland and Erie he has a .994% fielding percentage committing only 5 errors in 889 chances. It appears they have completely discounted his collegiate career where he established career records at Middle Tennessee State (which played in a league with an RPI ranking of 6th)in homers, runs scored, RBIs, total bases, walks, hit by pitches and putouts while having a career fielding percentage at first and third base of .990.

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I'm surprised this guy doesn't get more notice. He's only been in the Tigers organization since being drafted last year but has - made the NYPL All Star Squad, named Oneonta Tigers MVP for last year, made the FSL All Star Squad, Eastern League Player of the week with a stat line that is hard to believe .565/.607/1.087, 13-for-23, 3 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 10 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB. He has been recognized by each of his managers as an excellent defensive player which is substantiated by the following lines: 2009 Oneonta .994% fielding percentage committing only 4 errors in 640 chances then 2010 combined stats from Lakeland and Erie he has a .994% fielding percentage committing only 5 errors in 889 chances. It appears they have completely discounted his collegiate career where he established career records at Middle Tennessee State (which played in a league with an RPI ranking of 6th)in homers, runs scored, RBIs, total bases, walks, hit by pitches and putouts while having a career fielding percentage at first and third base of .990.

My guess for his lack of attention would be:

  • Age relative to minor league (Bishop will be 25 this November)
  • He plays 1B....Cabrera has that position locked up for the long term.
  • Lack of power relative to position
  • Weak plate discipline

If he switched to another position - say LF or RF - He might generate some additional interest. Nonetheless it is good to see a Tiger prospect doing well.

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Kendrick, 22, was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Tigers this year. Born in Arkansas City, Kan., he began his professional career in June with Connecticut of the short-season New York-Penn League.

**** like that pisses me off. He was drafted. How hard is that to look up and verify?

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We are seriously using fielding percentage to judge the merits of a 1B "prospect?" All 1B fielding percentages are high!

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