Michael Crouse, CBN POW

*Michael Crouse (Port Moody, BC) swinging during spring training at the Bobby Mattick training facility./Eddie Michels photo.

Letters of Intent

2011 Canadians in College

2011 Canadians in the Minors



By George Farelli


The best of Week 7 of Canadians in the minors …


At the plate

Player / Class / Team AB R H HR RBI AVG

Michael Crouse  --  A  Lansing 25 6 11 - 9 .440

George Kottaras  --  AAA  Nashville 16 5 7 1 6 .438

Adam Loewen  - - AAA  Las Vegas 27 3 11 - 3 .407

Syler Stromsmoe  --  AA  Richmond 10 3 4 - - .400

Chris Dennis  --  A  Wisconsin  24 5 9 - 7 .375

Tim Smith  --  AA  N.W. Arkansaas 11 3 4 - 2 .364

Brett Lawrie  --  AAA  Las Vegas 30 11 10 3 8 .333

Shawn Bowman  --  AAA  Gwinnett 16 3 5 1 2 .313

Marcus Knecht  --  A  Lansing 27 7 8 1 6 .296

(Minimum 10 At Bats)


On the mound



APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W - L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2      5.1    2     -      -       2      9      1-0       1      0.78         0.00

A fine week for the 20-year old Brewers prospect, as he picked up his first win and first save of the season.  On May 19th in a 4-3 victory over Beloit Snappers he threw three innings, allowing only one hit, no runs and striking out six to get the win.  On May 22 against the Burlington Bees he closed out another 4-3 victory with 2.1 innings of solid relief work, giving up 1 hit, no runs and three strikeouts, for the save.   These performances improved his overall record at Wisconsin to 1-1, 1 Save and a 2.65 ERA.



APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W - L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2     11.1   6     2     2       5     19     1-0        -       0.99        1.62

Continuing his excellent performance in his rookie season, Paxton made two appearances this week.  On May 19th in a 7-5 loss against Burlington Bees in 11 innings, he pitched 5.1 innings, giving up only three hits, one run and struck out 7 hitters, but was not involved in the decision.  On May 24th a 7-1 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels, James threw 6 solid innings, surrendered three hits, one earned run and struck out 12 batters, picking up his first win of the season.  With these two terrific performances, he improved his overall record with Clinton Lumberkings to 1-1 with a 2.22 ERA.



APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W - L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2      4.0    3     1     1       2     3        -          -      1.25        2.25

Hodge had a fine week in relief for the Bees, appearing in two games. On May 19th a 3-1 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, he threw two  innings giving up only one hit and no runs, and was not involved in the decision.  On May 23 an 8-5 loss to Beloit Snappers, he again tossed two innings surrendering two hits, one earned run and struck out three, but was not involved in the decision.  These two outings improved his overall record with Single-A, Burlington to 0-0 with a 5.73 ERA.



APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W - L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

1       6.0   5     1     1       1     4        -         -        1.00        1.50

On May 22nd a 5-1 loss to Palm Beach Cardinals, Nick started and threw six innings, surrendering only five hits, one earned run while striking out four.  He got a no decision and his overall record with the Single-A Manatees improved to 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA.



APP    IP    H    R    ER    BB    K    W - L    SV    WHIP    WK ERA

2       5.0   4     -      -       1      2        -         -       1.00        0.00

Nathan had two good outings this week, on March 22nd a 5-2 loss to Augusta Greenjackets, he threw three scoreless innings giving up three hits. On May 25th, a 3-0 loss to Hickory Crawdads, he pitched two  innings and gave up one hit and no runs.  In both games he was not involved in the decision, but his overall record with Charleston improved to 1-2, 2 saves and a 3.32 ERA.


Player of the Week

OF Michael Crouse (Port Moody, BC) class-A Lansing Lugnuts.

The speedster showed some pop as well with Lansing (Blue Jays) to earn honours as the best of the 65 Canadians in the minors this week. Crouse, signed by scout Kevin Briand, tied Adam Loewen for the most hits of the week, going 11-for-25 (.440), but knocked in nine runs compared to Loewen’s three at triple-A Vegas.

Runners-up, besides Loewen: George Kottaras, Markham, .438, home run, six RBIs at triple-A Nashville (Brewers); Stosh Wawrzasek, Langley, B.C. who had a win and a save in five scoreless at class-A Wisconsin (Brewers); James Paxton, Ladner, B.C., who picked up his first win at class-A Clinton (Mariners), striking out 19 in 11 1/3 innings; Nick Bucci, Sarnia, Ont. who allowed one run in six innings at class-A Brevard County (Brewers); Brett Lawrie, Langley, .333, three homers, eight RBIs at Vegas (Jays), Brampton’s Nathan Forer, who pitched five scoreless for class-A Charleston (Yankees).

Previous Players of the Week

Week 1 — LHP Mark Hardy (Campbell River, BC)

Week 2 — RHP Nick Bucci (Sarnia, Ont.)

Week 3 — 3B Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC)

Week 4 — RP Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.)

Week 5 -- OF Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC)

Week 6 -- C Mike Blanke (Granby, Que.)


Player Movements this week

Trystan Magnuson (Vancouver, BC) - Moved by Oakland A’s to Triple-A, Sacremento River Cats.

Scott Mathieson  RHP  (Aldergrove, BC) - Moved by Philadelphia Phillies to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Peter Orr  INF  (Richmond Hill, Ont.) - Moved by the Philadelphia Phillies to Triple-A, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Blake Hawksworth  RHP  (North Vancouver, BC) - Moved by Los Angeles Dodgers to Single-A Rancho Cucamunga Quakes on rehab assignment.

John Suomi  C  (Etobicoke, Ont.) - Moved by Philadelphia Phillies to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs from Single-A Clearwater Threshers.

Jonathan Malo  INF  (Laval, Que.) - Moved by the New York Mets to Double-A Binghamton Mets from Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

Skyler Stromsmoe  INF  (Etzikom, Alta.) - Moved by the San Francisco Giants to Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels from extended sping training.

Jonathan Hesketh  LHP  (Langley, BC) - Placed on the Disabled List by Seattle Mariners at Single-A Clinton Lumberkings.


Ryan Braun  (Kitchener, Ont.) - Signs as Free Agent with Lancaster Barnstormers, IND Atlantic League.

Jeff Helps   (Wyoming, Ont.) - Signs as Free Agent with the Quebec Capitales, IND Can Am League.

Mathieu Poirier  RHP (Montreal, Que.) - Signs as Free Agent with Quebec Capitales, IND Can Am League.

David Davidson  LHP  (Thorold, Ont.) - Signs as Free Agent with Edmonton Capitals, IND North American League.

John Mariotti  RHP  (Toronto, Ont.)  -  Placed on the Inactive List by the Quebec Capitales, IND Can Am League.

Aaron Wideman  LHP  (Mississauga, Ont.) - Placed on the Inactive List by the New Jersey Jackals, IND Can Am League.

Guillaume  Duguay  RHP  (Trois Rivieres, Que.) - Released by the Quebec Capitales, IND Can Am League.

Andy St. Gelais  RHP  (Quebec City, Que.) - Released by Quebec Capitales, IND Can Am League.