His face might be sun-baked after all the years he’s invested in this game, but 37-year-old Zenjiro Suga of the Rimouski Fighting Moose is still playing a kid’s game — and getting paid for it. The veteran first baseman had a tremendous week and was named the Lake League Player of the Week.
At the age of 29, Gula Kareem might have some potential he hasn’t realized yet — if his success at the plate last week is any indication. The Toronto catcher put up some exceptional numbers the past seven days with a .500 batting average. For his efforts Kareem collected the Lake League Player of the Week Award.
He racked up 15 hits in 30 at-bats, 2 home runs and 5 RBIs last week in 7 games.
In his season totals, Kareem has 13 home runs, .286 BA, .351 OBP, 37 RBIs and 38 runs scored. He has played in 65 games
Toronto has already been eliminated from the playoff run for this year, but looks to be building a solid core of veterans and adding prospects to look at a serious playoff run in 2017.
Pitchers who faced the Hamilton Crusaders last week were happy to see Masamune Yamada in the rear view mirror. The 27-year-old left fielder was dubbed the Lake League Player of the Week for a 7-game tear that saw him hit at a .407 clip.
For the week he also chalked up 11 hits in 27 at-bats, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs and 6 runs scored, including two back-to-back 4-for-4 efforts against Chicago, coming last Wednesday and Thursday. Though the Crusaders took losses in those games, Yamada showed his dangerous power, getting a triple, homer, 3 RBIs and 2 runs in those two games.
Yamada is currently batting .286 with 13 home runs, 37 RBIs and 42 runs scored. He has 71 hits in 248 at-bats.
Few players his age are still in the league, but Setsuo Kimura of the New York Minutemen clearly loves the game and clearly he can still get the job done. Last week the 37-year-old first baseman hit the ball with the consistency of someone ten years younger, which made Kimura a popular and well-deserved selection as Lake League Player of the Week.
He paced the Minutemen attack by putting up a .458 batting average, 11 hits in 24 at-bats, 8 RBIs and 3 home runs. Kimura also scored 7 runs.
Currently Kimura has 16 home runs and a .318 batting average. The Minutemen are 12 games out of first place in the LL East, but are in a tight race for the 2nd wild card spot, with Hamilton only a game behind them, and Kingston just two games behind.
A battle-tested Justin Good declared war on opposing pitchers last week, attacking the ball like the well-schooled veteran he is. Today the 34-year-old Chicoutimi second baseman collected the Lake League Player of the Week Award.
He wrapped up the week with an incredible .640 average, 16 hits in 25 at-bats, 2 home runs, 4 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
In 56 games this season Good has batted at a .333 pace with 72 hits and 8 home runs.
Bruce Aberto demonstrated his potential to be a star in the game last week and today he took home the Lake League Player of the Week Award.
The Boston Brawlers center fielder wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers last week, pounding them for a .400 average (12-for-30) with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs on his way to claiming the honor.
So far this season Aberto is hitting .348 with 13 home runs, 33 RBIs and 39 runs scored. He has 71 hits in 204 at-bats and a .389 OBP.