JEWISH BASEBALL NEWS — Here are your Players of the Day for Wednesday (8/18/2010):

  • 3B Danny Valencia of the Minnesota Twins singled in the go-ahead run en route to a 7-5 win over the White Sox (see video). The 25-year-old rookie went 1/4 and is batting .331, tops among AL rookies.
  • SS Jake Lemmerman of the rookie-league Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers) continued his torrid hitting streak, going 3/5 with two doubles, a walk and 2 RBIs in a 14-4 victory over the Billings Mustangs. The top Jewish pick in the 2010 draft (5th round, 172nd overall), Lemmerman is ranked 1st in the Rookie Pioneer League in doubles (21) and runs scored (52), 2nd in slugging percentage (.560), 3rd in on-base percentage (.424), and 6th in batting average (.355).
  • RP Jeff Urlaub of the rookie-league AZL Athletics (Oakland Athletics) pitched 2 scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to the AZL Rangers, giving up just one hit and walking none. A 30th-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft (905th overall), Urlaub has a 2.31 ERA with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 23/3.