PORTLAND, ME – The Eastern League is pleased to announce the winners of the Eastern League Player of the Week Award and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Award for the period of Aug. 4 through Aug. 10:
Duke von Schamann, a right-handed starting pitcher for the Akron RubberDucks, has been selected as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 4th-August 10th. The 6’5”, 220 lb. hurler made two starts for the RubberDucks last week and had a record of 2-0 with five strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA. Von Schamann, who is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made his first start of the week on Tuesday night against the visiting New Britain Rock Cats and gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out four batters over seven innings to earn the win in Akron’s 3-2 victory. In his second start of the week von Schamann scattered four hits and gave up two runs over seven innings to pick up the win in Akron’s 9-3 victory over the visiting New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Sunday. The 23-year old tied for the league lead in wins (2) and innings pitched (14.0) last week and finished ranked sixth in WHIP (0.79) after not walking a batter in either of his starts last week. Duke, who has a record of 7-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 21 games, 17 starts, for the RubberDucks this season, was acquired by the Cleveland Indians in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 6, 2014. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the 15th round of the 2012 draft out of Texas Tech University.
Trenton Thunder first baseman Greg Bird has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of August 4th-August 10th. The 21-year old hit .421 (8-for-19) with two doubles, three home runs, eight runs scored, three RBI, four walks and a 1.000 slugging percentage in six games for the Thunder last week. Bird, who is a native of Aurora, Colorado, kicked off his week by homering in back-to-back wins over Altoona on Tuesday and Wednesday at ARM & HAMMER Park. Bird’s homer on Tuesday night was his first career Double-A hit after receiving a promotion from Class-A Tampa on August 2nd. He followed that up by going 4-for-4 and hitting a pair of homers in a 7-3 win on Wednesday afternoon. The 6’3”, 215 lb. slugger led all Eastern League hitters in runs scored (8), slugging percentage (1.000) and OPS (1.542) last week and tied for the lead in extra-base hits (5). He also ranked among the weekly leaders in total bases (19-2nd), home runs (3-tied 2nd), doubles (2-tied 2nd), on-base percentage (.542-3rd), hits (8-tied 3rd) and batting average (.421-5th). Greg, who is rated by MLB.com as the 12th best prospect in the Yankees organization, was selected by the New York Yankees in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Grandview High School in Aurora, Colorado.