During each week of the 2019 PGCBL season, the league office will recognize one position player and one pitcher as the League's Player and Pitcher of the Week. The debut week of a player from Adirondack yielded league recognition, while two stellar bullpen outings from the league's top team are recognized.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is pleased to announce the selection of Adirondack's Cole Simpson (The Citadel) as the PGCBL Player of the Week, and Amsterdam's Dale Stanavich (Herkimer) as the PGCBL Pitcher of the Week.
Adirondack's Cole Simpson is the first Trail Blazer to be named the PGCBL Player of the Week since 2017, when Joe Simone (Rider) was selected as the league's top player in Week 6. Amsterdam's had two Pitchers of the Week last season, as Blake Espinal (Seton Hall) and Zane Stephens (Mississippi State) were named as the weekly award winners.
In his first week with the Trail Blazers, Simpson immediately became an impact player for Adirondack. The Citadel outfielder logged four multi-hit games, and drove in 15 runs over a six-game period. The outfielder went 11-for-25 (.440 average) with 15 runs batted in. Three of his eleven hits were doubles, and five walks jumped his on base percentage to .516. He drove in at least three runs in four of the six games, including a five-RBI performance in his season debut against the Watertown Rapids on Monday.
Simpson is coming off his first season at The Citadel, where he logged 97 at bats for the Bulldogs. The outfielder, a native of Pendleton, South Carolina, logged eight runs batted in and scored five runs during his freshman season, and hit his first career home run against Furman on March 30.
An Amsterdam native, Stanavich pitched twice on the week out of the bullpen for the Mohawks. In both outings, Stanavich pitched three scoreless innings in Amsterdam victories. He pitched on Wednesday at home against Adirondack, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six hitters. Stanavich again took the mound on Sunday to pitch three more innings against the Glens Falls Dragons. He struck out five hitters in that inning, and only allowed one hit.
Stanavich is playing in his second season with his hometown Mohawks after playing this spring at Herkimer. The freshman lefty was dominant for the Generals, posting a 0.59 earned run average with six saves at Herkimer's closer. He struck out 64 batters in 30.2 innings, and earned either a win or a save in eight of his 12 appearances on the mound.
The PGCBL is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of Simpson and Stanavich over the last seven days. The league will continue to honor the best performances in the PGCBL throughout the summer with both nightly and weekly awards.