posted on March 03, 2015 07:38
Each week, we will take a look at current and former Florida League players enjoying success at school. This is the 3rd edition of the Florida League Players of the Week.
Matt Anderson, IF, Central Arkansas
2015 Altamonte Springs Boom
Matt enjoyed a strong weekend series vs. Missouri State. He started all three games of the series, finishing 5-10 (.500 avg). He opened up Friday going 2-4 with a double, then gained three more hits in the series finale. During the Sunday matchup, he was 3-4 with his first home run of the season, scoring twice and knocking in one. Matt wasn’t the only former Florida Leaguer from UCA to enjoy success over the weekend however. 2014 Winter Park Diamond Dawg Nate Ferrell stroked two longballs during the series.
Tanner Elsbernd, OF, Lake Sumter
2015 Leesburg Lightning
Tanner continued his run producing offense last week in games against St. Pete College, Eastern Florida State and Tampa JV. He went 4-12 in four games, scoring five times, knocking in two more, stealing a base and hitting his first homerun of the year. He is tied for the team lead in runs and hits on the year, and is third in RBI with 12. Two of his Lake Sumter teammates, Tanner Long and Austin Simmons, will also be suiting up for the Lightning in 2015.
Joel Davis, IF, Seminole State OK
2014-15 Sanford River Rats
Davis recently submitted his contract to once again suit up for the Rats this summer. Similar to last year, he is off to a torrid start at Seminole State (OK). Through 13 games, he has a .319 batting average with 9 runs and 14 RBI. He has hit five doubles and two homeruns on the year, and is in the midst of a seven game hitting streak. Davis was named to both the All-Star and Prospect teams for the Rats last year, finishing the season with a .298 average and 23 RBI. He will be playing at Texas A&M next season.
Hunter Melton, 3B, Texas A&M
2014-15 Sanford River Rats
Speaking of Texas A&M, another former Rat has signed on to play in Sanford again this summer. Hunter Melton, who led the Florida League in RBI last summer, broke into the starting lineup for the undefeated and nationally ranked Aggies this weekend. He enjoyed great success, going 7-15 (.467 avg) with two runs, seven RBI and a clutch home run (his first of the year) in the 8th inning of a game against Dartmouth. Melton hit .317 last summer, with five home runs, 31 runs, and 42 RBI and was named to the All-Star and Prospect teams.
Christian Dicks. OF, Florida Atlantic
2013 Sanford River Rats
Dicks finds himself on this list for the 2nd time in the past three weeks after another great week at the plate for the Owls. In a mid week contest vs. Florida (where he attended his freshman year), Christian was 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored in a 10-8 thriller that FAU lost. They would bounce back in the weekend series against Monmouth however, led by Dicks. He reached base multiple times in every game, going 2-4 Friday, 1-2 with a walk in Game 1 on Sunday, and 3-4 in the Sunday nightcap. In the series finale, he hit two homeruns and added a double for a grand total of 6 RBI in the game. For the week, he hit .571 with 5 runs and 10 RBI, and had a slugging percentage of 1.400. He was named the Conference-USA Hitter of the Week for his efforts.
Opie Brodbeck, IF, Flagler
2012 Sanford River Rats
Brodbeck is another veteran of the player of the week list, and for good reason. He hit .417 this week with a double, three homeruns, seven runs scored and seven RBI. The highlight of his week came against Rollins College on Wednesday, when he went 3-5 with a double, two homeruns, five runs and five RBI. He leads the Saints in almost every offensive category, and is the conference leader in runs, walks and steals.
- Stephen Dezzi (WP ’14) tallied two hits and Brett “The Hitman” Jones (LEE ’12-14) had one himself as the Tampa Spartans defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in an exhibition game on Sunday. It was the first game featuring an MLB team in 2015, officially marking the beginning of Spring Training.
- Angelo Amendolare (DEL ’12) is leading the Jacksonville Dolphins in hitting, going 21-45 (.467) through his first 11 games. His 9 XBH, 8 SB and .520 OBP lead the team.
- Harrison Hukari (SAN ’14) has played a huge role out of the pen for the nationally ranked UCF Knights. He is 2-0 on the year in 5 appearances with a 1.64 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 innings. He earned the save in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader against #18 Ole Miss.
- Florida Southern took on the Detroit Tigers in an exhibition on Monday. Ben Richardson (CP ’13-14) fired a scoreless, hitless inning while facing Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias and J.D. Martinez to lead off the game. Jhalan Jackson (SAN ’14) had an RBI double for the Mocs.