Four Vancouver Canadians pitchers have won the Pitcher of the Week award in 2022.
The latest recipient is righthander Nick Frasso as he was named the Northwest League’s top hurler for the week of July 4-10. He pitched four no-hit innings with 10 strikeouts and only one walk in Everett July 4. The 2020 fourth round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays struck out eight in a row at one point as no AquaSox player got a ball out of the infield. Among his strikeout victims were rehabbing Seattle Mariner and 2020 American League Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis who went down swinging twice.
Frasso joins Chad Dallas, Trent Palmer and Sem Robberse as the Canadians pitchers to win weekly league honours this season. P.K. Morris, Addison Barger and Davis Schneider have been named Players of the Week so far in 2022.
Speaking of Barger, he has finally earned the call to Double-A New Hampshire. The Bellevue, Washington native got to play at Everett Memorial Stadium before his promotion. That’s where he homered twice to go along with three doubles at the park where he watched the AquaSox numerous times as a youngster. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound left-handed hitting Barger slashed .300/.366/.558 with the Canadians this year with 14 home runs and a Northwest League leading 53 runs batted in. The 22 year-old shortstop/third baseman also stole seven bases in nine attempts. All the best to Addison with the Fisher Cats.
The Canadians host the Hillsboro Hops for the first time this season. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday with the usual 1:05 p.m. starts on Friday and Sunday. Nick Frasso is set to make his Nat Bailey Stadium debut—after his original debut was rained out July 3 against Spokane—against Scott Randall. The game is on CanadiansBaseball.com and MiLB.TV.
Sem Robberse is scheduled to start Wednesday for Monty’s Mounties but the rest of the rotation for the series has not been announced.
Vancouver is 8-6 in the second half of the season. That puts them half-a-game up on Eugene, Everett and Hillsboro for first place.