The honors were the first for both players on the season as the duo paved the way for a combined seven wins for the Kingsport Mets and Bluefield Blue Jays during the week. Both Terrazas and Castillo followed suit with Dionis Paulino (Kingsport) and Tyler Day (Princeton) who were crowned week four winners last week on Monday, July 24.
Terrazas, who has played in every game on the season but one, took home the honor following a week where the third baseman slashed .500/.516/.714 after going 14-for-28 at the plate with a homer, five RBIs and four runs scored. The top-of-the-lineup player also tallied three doubles throughout the week.
The Kingsport batter was key in a double header split against the Burlington Royals on Thursday, July 27 after drilling four extra-base hits, three doubles and a home run, over the course of the two ballgames. Terrazas's home run came in Game 2 of the double header and handed Kingsport its first lead of the night at 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was the second home run of the season for Terrazas.
In being a switch-hitter in the top of the order for Kingsport, Terrazas ranks near or at the top of a plethora of Appalachian League offensive statistics on the season. The third baseman leads the league with 54 hits, is tied for first with 36 games played and 142 at-bats, is second in average with a .380 clip, is tied for second in the league with 14 doubles and is third in runs scored with 34 on the season.
Terrazas's award came one week after fellow teammate Dionis Paulino took home Appalachian League Offensive Player of the Week honors as the outfielder hit over .500 in five games with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored.
Bluefield's Maximo Castillo took home Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week honors after tossing a five-inning gem in his lone start on the week on the road in Bristol on July 25. The 6-1, 200-pound righty picked up the win in the contest following five innings of scoreless baseball while allowing only two hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
The Blue Jays shutout Bristol 2-0 on the night as Castillo combined with three other Blue Jays relivers to hold the Pirates to only four hits on the night. Currently on the season, the righty is 3-0 with a 3.95 ERA in six games started, with 24 strikeouts and five walks over the course of 27 1/3 innings pitched.
The weekly award for Bluefield is the first since slugger Ryan Noda took home the honor following week two of voting over the course of games played from July 3-9. The Appalachian League average leader slashed .600/.724/.800 on the week after going 12-for-20 at the plate with four doubles, one RBI, one stolen base and 12 runs scored.
Stay tuned in for week five Appalachian League Players of the Week that are set to be released next Monday, August 6.
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
Week Four (July 17-July 23) Batter: Dionis Paulino Team: Kingsport | Pitcher: Tyler Day Team: Princeton
Batter Stats: .524 AVG, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 3 SO, 2 BB, 5 G
Pitcher Stats: 1-0, 2 APP, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 SO
Week Four (July 24-July 30) Batter: Rigoberto Terrazas Team: Kingsport | Pitcher: Maximo Castillo Team: Princeton
Batter Stats: .500/.516/.714, 8 G, 14-for-28, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Pitcher Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
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