Danny Collins and Barrett Barnes Win Player of the Week Awards

Barrett Barnes was named the SAL Player of the week. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Barrett Barnes was named the SAL Player of the week. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Danny Collins and Barrett Barnes have both won player of the week awards in their respective leagues. Barnes was named the South Atlantic Player of the Week, while Collins was named the New York-Penn League Player of the Week.

Barnes hit .350 with two homers and nine RBIs in four games. The SAL had a shortened week due to the All-Star break. Barnes came up big in one game, homering twice, which fueled his chances of winning the award.

Collins started off his pro career hot, batting .370 with four homers in the first week of the NYPL season. Collins was drafted in the 13th round out of Troy as a first baseman. He was the top hitter in the Pirates’ minor league system last week for his performance. He also is one shy of the 2012 team lead of five homers in State College. The Pirates were with the Spikes up until this year, and have had some low home run totals. Last year Barrett Barnes and Jesus Vasquez split the lead with five each. The year before that Wes Freeman led the team with six. Matt Curry led the team in 2010 with seven. The last time the Pirates had someone hit double digit homers in the NYPL was when Brad Eldred hit 10 homers in 276 at-bats in 2002 with Williamsport.

That’s not uncommon. The NYPL is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors. It’s also a short-season league, so you’re not going to get many people posting double digit home run numbers. Last year there were only two hitters with double digit homers, both tied at ten. That’s not saying Collins will finish with ten, but it is showing how impressive it is that Collins already has four homers on the year.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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