Monday has been a nice day so far for Bristol first baseman Mason Martin and West Virginia shortstop Oneil Cruz. We featured both players in our top performers article this morning, then other accolades began to role in for them.
Martin and Cruz were both featured on the MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week. Then Baseball America rated Cruz 4th and Martin 14th on their Top MLB Prospects Hot Sheet article. Finally, Martin took home the biggest award on the day, getting named as the Appalachian League Player of the Week.
Martin hit .375/.483/.958 in six games last week, hitting four homers and driving in ten runs. Cruz only played three games due to the All-Star break in the South Atlantic League, but he managed to pick up eight hits, including two homers. He also walked once, doubled and drove in five runs.
Perhaps the most surprising part of this article is who I haven’t mentioned yet. Oddy Nunez tossed a complete game (eight innings) no-hitter and six shutout innings last week. He didn’t win the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, losing out to someone with seven shutout innings. The other pitcher struck out 13 batters, so it was clearly an impressive outing, but I would think the no-hitter alone would have done the trick for Nunez. Toss on six shutout innings and that should take away any doubt. He was our Player of the Week at least, so that will have to do for him.