1999 Canadians leaders in minors
* SS Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, BC) led all Canucks with 81 RBIs among minor leaguers in the San Diego Padres system. ....
1999 REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Ed Welch, Vancouver, BC, Rookie-Class Butte (Angels) .344.
Rob Butler, East York, Ont. Double-A Knoxville (Jays) .337.
Rob Pregnolato, Burlington, Ont. Rookie-Class Odgen (Brewers) .331.
Patrick Deschenes, Beauport, Que. Class-A Pittsfield (Mets) .313;
Andy Stewart, Brockville, Ont. Double-A Reading (Phillies) .305;
Joe Yakopich, Amherstbrug, Ont. (Diamondbacks) Rookie-A Arizona, .305.
Todd Betts, Scarborough, Ont. Double-A Akron (Indians) 18
Ryan Radmanovich, Calgary, Alta. Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) 16.
Stubby Clapp, Windsor, Ont Triple-A Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals) 14.
Pierre LaForest, Montreal, Que. (Devil Rays) Class-A Charleston Riverdogs, 13.
Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC Double-A Mobile (Padres) 13.
Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC Double-A Mobile (Padres) 81
Simon Pond, North Vancouver BC Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads, 77.
Ryan Radmanovich, Calgary, Alta. Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) 76
Jeremy Ware, Guelph, Class-A Jupiter and Double-A Harrisburgh (Expos) 66.
Todd Betts, Scarborough, Ont. Double-A Akron (Indians) 64.
Jason Gooding, Cambridge, Ont. Double-A Wichita and Triple-A Omaha (Royals) 13.
Mike Meyers, Tillsonburg, Ont. Double-A West Tennessee and Class-A Daytona (Cubs) 13
Chris Mears, Victoria, B.C. Class-A Wisconsin and Class-A Lancaster (Mariners) 13.
Eric Gagne, Masouche, Que. Double-A San Antonio (Dodgers) 12
Aaron Myette, Surrey, BC, Double-A Birmingham (White Sox) 12.
Jordon Zimmerman, Carseland, Alb. New Haven (Mariners) 1.15.
Mike Meyers, Tillsonburg, Ont. Double-A West Tennessee and Class-A Daytona (Cubs) 1.39.
Travis Hubbel, Edmonton, Alta. Class-A St. Catharines (Blue Jays) 1.80.
Erik Bedard, Navan, Ont. Rookie-Class Gulf Coast (Expos) 1.86.
Steve Green, Longueuil, Que. Double-A Erie (Angels) 2.60.
Dave Wainhouse, Scarborough, Triple-A Colorado Springs (Rockies) 22.
Steve Sinclair Triple-A Syracuse (now with Seattle) 19.
Jason Green, Port Hope, Ont., Double-A Jackson (Astros) 10.
Chad Ricketts, Burlington, Ont. Double-A West Tennesee (Cubs) 7.
Julien Tucker, Chateauguay, Que. Double-A Birmingham (White Sox) 5.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Awarded by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues:
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Double-A Eastern League:
April 26-May 2 – 3B Todd Betts, Scarborough, Ont. Akron (Cleveland Indians), hit .471 (8-17) with two doubles, four runs scored, three homers, six RBIs in 6 games with a 1.118 slugging percentage.
Double-A Southern League:
Aug. 13-19 – RHP Mike Meyers, Tillsonburg, Ont. West Tennessee (Chicago Cubs) went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing nine hits and fanning 20 in 13 innings.
July 16-22 – SS Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC, Mobile (San Diego Padres ), hit 452 (14-for-31) with three doubles, five RBIs and nine runs scored.
May 21-27 – RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, BC, Birmingham (Chicago White Sox ) went 2-0, allowing two runs while striking out 12 in 13.2 innings.
May 14-20 – OF Rob Butler, East York, Ont. Knoxville (Toronto Blue Jays), hit .560 (14-25) with 7 runs scored, and 7 runs batted in.
Double-A Texas League:
July 6-11 – RHP Eric Gagne, Macousche, Que. San Antonio (Los Angeles Dodgers) went 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA, allowing 10 hits while striking out 15 in 13.2 innings.
May 24-30 – RHP Eric Gagne, San Antonio (Dodgers) threw seven scoreless innings in his only start, fanning 12.
Class-A California League:
August 2-8 – LHP Steve Green, Longueuil, Que. Lake Elsinore (Anaheim Angels) pitched a five-hit shutout, striking out six and walking nobody.
Class-A Florida State:
April 26- May 2 – RHP Mike Meyers, Tillsonburg, Ont. Daytona (Chicago Cubs), went 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA, allowing just one earned run and 7 hits while striking out 18 in 11.2 innings.
Class-A Mid-West League:
May 23-29 – RHP Chris Mears, Victoria BC, Wisconsin (Seattle Mariners) went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing just one hit while fanning eight in seven innings.
May 2-8 – RHP Chris Mears, Victoria, BC, Wisconsin (Seattle Mariners), went 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA, allowing three earned runs while fanning 12 in 13 innings.
Class-A Northwest League:
Aug. 30-Sept. 6 – LHP Phil Devey, Lachute, Que. Yakima Bears (Los Angeles Dodgers), allowed one run and seven hits while fanning four in tossing a complete game.
Rookie-Class Appalachian League:
August 2-8 – 1B Pat Deschenes, Kingsport (New York Mets), hit .545 (18-for-33) with nine runs scored, two doubles, two homers, 11 RBI, and a .788 slugging percentage.
Rookie-Class Arizona League:
Aug. 30-Sept. 6 – RHP Eric Cyr, Padres, went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances including a start, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out 12 in nine innings.
Baseball America’s Top Canadian Prospects by Organization
(heading into the 1999 season)
8. OF Ntema Ndungidi, Montreal, Que. Class-A Frederick Keys
Boston Red Sox
12. RHP Chris Reitsma, Calgary, Alta. Class-A Sarasota
Chicago White Sox
3. RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, B.C. Double-A Birmingham Barons and Chicago White Sox
9. 3B Corey Koskie, Anola, Man. Minnesota Twins
10. RP Jeff Zimmerman, Carseland, Alta. Triple-A Oklahoma City and Texas Rangers
6. SS Danny Klassen, Leamington, Ont., Triple-A Tuscon Sidewinders:
14. Minor League Pitcher of the Year – LHP Mike Kusiewicz, Nepean, Ont. Rookie-Class Arizona
San Diego Padres
11. SS Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, BC, Double-A Mobile Baybears
Baseball America Top Prospects by League
RHP Eric Gagne, Mascouche, Que. San Antonio Missions (Dodgers)
8. RHP Aaron Myette, Surrey, B.C. Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
SS Kevin Nicholson, Surrey, B.C. Mobile Baybears (San Diego Padres)