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WMBL Pitcher and Player of the Week June 13-19, 2014

06/23/2014 9:03 AM -

WMBL Week 3 – Pitcher and Player of the Week for June 13-19, 2014

Pitcher of the Week - Curtis Taylor from the Edmonton Prospects

Edmonton Prospects starting pitcher Curtis Taylor has been named Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) Pitcher of the Week.   

Taylor who hails from Coquitlam, BC, recently completed his freshman year with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds who play in the NAIA.   Taylor was mainly used in the Thunderbird Bullpen, but is converting back to a starting pitcher where he enjoyed much success in high school while he was playing for the BCPBL’s Coquitlam Red’s. 

Taylor, a first year player in the WMBL, earned the award by tossing 7 shutout innings last Monday at Melville en route to an 11-0 Edmonton victory.  Taylor who threw an economical 80 pitches allowed 4 hits and walked 0 while striking out 6 Millionaire hitters. 

On the season, Taylor is undefeated at 2-0 and has logged 19 and 1/3 innings in four starts while posting an ERA of 1.39 while striking out 16 hitters. Taylor's contribution on the mound has helped Edmonton get off to it's best start in five seasons.

Taylor follows Lethbridge Bull’s Scott Cone and Moose Jaw Miller Express’ Terry McNabb as previous winners of the weekly award.

 

Player of the Week – Miles Hunter from the Moose Jaw Miller Express

Miles Hunter is a 21 year old Calgary, Alberta son who this season completed his senior year with the University of Calgary Dinos. This is Miles' second year with the Miller Express and continues to be a highly productive offensive player, as well as being a two year starter in center field. For the week of 6/13 - 6/19 Miles hit .467 (7-15), had an OBP% of .556, and a slugging% of .800. He drove in 7 runs and added 4 runs scored. His hits included 2 doubles and a home run in 4 total games played.

Academically, Miles holds a 3.95 GPA through his senior year, but isn't finished with school yet. He was accepted into both the University of Alberta and University of Calgary's medical program, but ultimately chose to pursue his medical career at U of C. He will start his studies this fall in what he expects to be the orthopedics field. For the Dinos, he was awarded first team all-conference CCBC honors. This is also Miles' second time being named WMBL player of the week, he earned the award once during the 2013 season as well.

It's to be noted that Miles accomplished this week something that all baseball players fathers hope to hear about, but was able to do so while in attendance. On father day against the Lethbridge Bulls, Miles was 2-3, contributing a 3 run home run to the proud-parent memory banks.