ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kingsport outfielder Dionis Paulino and Princeton reliever Tyler Day picked up Appalachian League Player of the Week honors for week four of voting that spanned games played from July 17-23.
The honors were the first for both players on the young season as the duo paved the way for a combined six wins for the Kingsport Mets and Princeton Rays during the week. Both Paulino and Day followed suit with Luis Bandes (Johnson City) and Elio Silva (Bluefield) who were crowned week two winners last week on Monday, July 17.
Paulino took home the Offensive Player of the Week award following a week where the outfielder produced a .524 average with two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored. In 23 plate appearances, the 23-year-old struck out only three times while walking twice.
The Mets right fielder recorded at least one hit in all five games played throughout the week while also recording three-hit days on three separate occasions. On Monday, July 17, Paulino began the stellar week by launching his first home run of the season against the Johnson City Cardinals in a 9-2 win.
Following the blast, the Santiago, Dominican Republic native hit his second home run four days later when the K-Mets took down Princeton 8-6 in Game 1 of a three-game series. Paulino tallied two multi-RBI games during the week with two runs driven in against the Cardinals on July 17 and two more against Bluefield on July 20. The slugger drove in at least one run in all but one game played in throughout the week.
The honor was the first for the Kingsport Mets club since Walter Rasquin took home the Appalachian League Offensive Player of the Week honors during week three of the 2016 season. During the stretch, Raskin tallied 14 hits in 17 at-bats while also hitting his first professional home run.
Paulino is currently hitting .321 in 22 games played on the season with two home runs and 10 RBIs.
Day claimed Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week honors for week three in part of two scoreless relief appearances out of the Rays' bullpen. On the week, the right-handed pitcher tossed seven innings of two-hit baseball-allowed no runs-struck out five batters and picked up a win in the process over the Mets on July 22.
During the win over Kingsport, Day tossed four innings while allowing only two hits during the scoreless effort. The 6-1, 185-pound hurler struck out three batters while only walking one in the outing. Four days earlier on July 18 against Pulaski, Day pitched the final three innings of a 6-5 loss-again allowing no runs and no hits with two more strikeouts.
The honor was the second on the season for Princeton as Day's bullpen mate Riley O'Brien took home the pitcher award for week one of the season after surrendering no runs over six innings while allowing only two hits during two appearances.
Day's 2017 line currently reads a 2-1 record with a 2.25 ERA in 16.0 innings on the mound. The reliever has struck out 11 batters, walked six while opponents have managed only a .207 average against the righty.
Stay tuned in for week five Appalachian League Players of the Week that are set to be released next Monday, July 31.
2017 Appalachian Players of the Week
Week One (June 22-July 2) Batter: Pablo Olivares Team: Pulaski | Pitcher: Riley O'Brien Team: Princeton
Batter Stats: .471/.591/.765, 5 G, 8-for-17, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI,6R
Pitcher Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 8 K
Week Two (July 3- July 9) Batter: Ryan Noda Team: Bluefield | Pitcher: Gilmael Troya Team: Pulaski
Batter Stats: .600/.724/.800, 6 G, 12-for-20, 4 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 12 R, 1 SB
Pitcher Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Week Three (July 10- July 16) Batter: Luis Bandes Team: Johnson City | Pitcher: Elio Silva Team: Bluefield
Batter Stats: .480/.480/.880, 5 G, 12-for-25, 1 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 6 R,
Pitcher Stats: 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7
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