PRINCETON — Matt Spann and Felix Gonzalez have been named pitcher of the week and player of the week, respectively for the August 11-16 period by The Princeton Times.
They were bright spots for the Rays in an otherwise rather dismal week (0-5) for Princeton.
Spann turned in one of the best pitching performances by a Ray this season. On August 13, he hurled six innings against Kingsport allowing no runs and no hits. He fanned two batters and walked none. When he left the game, the Rays had the lead. Unfortunately, the Princeton bullpen was unable to maintain the advantage.
The lanky (6 feet, 7 inch) 20-year old native of Tennessee was drafted in the 25th round of the 2010 draft. Matt has enjoyed a fine season for the P-Rays. He has a 3-0 record with a 2.77 ERA (sixth in the Apply League) and a WHIP of 1.15 (sixth in the league).
Felix Gonzalez is the only returnee from the 2010 P-Ray squad. Since he is familiar with the area, he has guided many of his teammates to the best restaurants and other attractions of interest in the region.
During the August 11-16 period, he played in only two of the five games. Both nights he was 2 for 3 at the plate for an outstanding batting average of .667 for the period. He also drove in two runs.
One of his biggest assets is that he can play multiple positions.
While he favors action at the hot corner, Felix recently had a fielding gem while playing second. Felix went to the ground to field the ball, recovered, and fired a strike to the catcher to cut down the base runner and save a run.
The Venezuelan has had a fine season. He has been successful in three of four steal attempts. He is batting a solid .293. Last season he hit .253.
Felix credits P-Rays hitting coach Wuarnner Rincones with much of his improvement at the plate. Felix remarked, “The coach has helped me hit more line drives and to be more consistent hitter.”