NC Player of the Week for April 24-30, 2017: Gavin Williams & Christian Yarborough




By Brandon Hall
Director of Scouting, PBR NC

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Player of the Week nominations are submitted by High School coaches across North Carolina each week.  Along with the nominations, Prep Baseball Report is diving into box scores, talking to coaches and scouts, and attending as many games as possible.

This past week pitchers were dominate with many posting absurd numbers.  Five no-hitters were reported and a Perfect Game.  Several hitters had big weeks, closing out the regular season strong, with many putting their teams in championship positions.  

This week two players share the PBR NC Player of the Week honors.  The first honoree is the first ever multiple week award winner and first ever back-to-back week award winner.  Gavin Williams, an East Carolina commit, has come back strong after some time on the disabled list early in the year.  Throwing his second consecutive no-hitter, Williams has Cape Fear eyeing a deep run in May.  This week in the 2-0 win over Jack Britt, Williams was up to 95 in the first, and touching 93 vs. the last batter faced. 

This week's other Player of the Week goes to Spring Creek HS Junior 3B, Christian Yarborough.  Yarborough had a week to remember at the plate collecting 13 hits in 14 at bats.  Finding the barrel consistantly, his week kept Spring Creek in the hunt for the 2nd spot in the Carolina 1A standings.

PBR Players of the Week

 

Gavin Williams RHP / Cape Fear, NC / 2017

+ 2nd consecutive no-hitter
+ CG with 11 K’s and only 3 walks
+ Cape Fear slips past Jack Britt 2-0
+ Threw 63% strikes for the game

 

 

 

 

Christian Yarborough 3B / Spring Creek HS, NC / 2018

+ Hit .929 for the week
+ Hits in 13 of his 14 at bats
+ Included a HR, 2 Triples and 3 Doubles
+ 11 RBI’s  

 

 

 

Honorable mention

 

 

Bennett Nance LHP / OF / Morehead, NC / 2018

+ CG shutout over the No. 1 in the 3A class, Northern Guilford
+ Struckout 8 and issued just 2 walks
+ Only allowed 4 hits
+ Morehead won 1-0

 

 

 

 

James Adelman 3B / RHP / Covenant Day School, NC / 2019

+ CG shutout over Cannon School in conference play
+ Struckout 5 over 7 innings

 

 

 

 

Trey Tujetsch RHP / OF / Ardrey Kell , NC / 2019

+ 6IP, allowing only 1 hit vs. Charlotte Catholic
+ Punched 6 while walking 3
+ No runs allowed in the 5-0 conference win

 

 

 

 

Trey Holland / Trinity, NC / 2017

+ Perfect Game (5 inning) vs. O’Neal
+ Stuck out 7
+ 37 of his 49 pitches (76%) were for strikes

 

 

 

 

Nate Ray RHP / Southwestern Randolph, NC / 2017

+ CG shutout over highly ranked Ledford HS
+ Allowed just 2 hits and one walk over the 7 innings
+ Struck out 6
+ SW Randolph won 1-0

 

 

 

 

Connor Monroe RHP / 3B / West Forsyth, NC / 2020

+ Worked 6.2 innings vs. North Davidson allowing 1 run
+ Punched 7 only giving up 2 hits
+ 2-1 win clinched the No. 1 seed in the CPC tournament & regular season Co-champs

 

 

 

 

Topher Grant RHP / Southern Lee, NC / 2017

+ CG shutout over Union Pines
+ Scattered 9 hits
+ Struckout 6 without issuing a walk

 

 

 

 

Landen Wright LHP / North Brunswick , NC / 2018

+ Punched 16, allowing only 1 hit in a CG shutout over SW Onslow
+ Did not walk any hitters
+ 63 of his 84 pitches (75%) were strikes
+ Worked ahead of 77% of hitters faced

 

 

 

 

Will Sandy LHP / Leesville Road, NC / 2018

+ North Carolina commit worked a CG (5 inning) shutout in a win over Wake Forest
+ Struck out 10, issuing just 1 walk
+ Only allowed 2 hits
+ Worked ahead of 10 out of 17 hitters faced


 

 

 

 

Owen Copps LHP / OF / Myers Park, NC / 2017

+ CG shutout (6 innings) over South Meck
+ Struckout 15 (of 18 outs) while only allowing 1 walk and 3 hits
+ Efficient 85 pitch outing, throwing an incredible 72% strikes

 

 

 

 

Kevin Mintz LHP / Ashley, NC / 2017

+ Worked into the 7th in a 3-1 win over New Hanover HS
+ Did not allow a hit and was part of the combined no-hitter
+ Struck out 11 while walking 6

 

 

 

 

Cameron Godfrey / N/A, NC / 2017

+ CG shutout in a win over Laney HS
+ Only allowed 1 hit and 1 walk
+ Struck out 7

 

 

 

 

Tim Townsend RHP / Providence, NC / 2018

+ Struck out 15 in a win over South Meck
+ Outing helped to clinch the league title
+ Townsend is making his fourth appearance on the Player of the Week Watch List


 

 

 

 

Alex Ortiz SS / OF / West Wilkes, NC / 2018

+ Hit .667, going 6-9
+ Included a double and triple
+ 3 runs scored with 1 RBI
+ Also stole 2 bases
+ Week helped to clinch the MVAC Championship

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Johnson RHP / Reidsville, NC / 2017

+ 6 no hit innings as part of a combined no-hitter for Redsville over Bartlett Yancey
+ 8 K’s with 3 walks
+ In the 91 pitches, threw 56 strikes (62%), while working ahead of 20 out of 27 batters faced.

 

 

 

 

Derek Astoske RHP / South Brunswick, NC / 2019

+ No hitter in a 3-0 win
+ 8 strikeouts with only 4 walks allowed
+ Worked ahead of 68% of the 25 batters faced

 

 

 

 

Zach Taylor 1B / Franklin Academy, NC / 2018

+ 7-8 in 3 games, hitting an astounding .875
+ 3 doubles
+ 3 RBI’s

 

 

 

 

Matt Cracchiollo SS / East Wake Academy, NC / 2018

+ 4-4 with 3 HR and 6 RBI’s in two games

 

 

Ray Torres C / SS / Providence, NC / 2019

+ Hit .875 on the week, going 7-8
+ Over 2 games, had 2 HR and 7 RBI's