Stay Hot, Saints Catcher Vinny DiFazio Named Pointstreak American Association Player of the WeekST. PAUL, MN June 22, 2015
STAY HOT, SAINTS CATCHER VINNY DIFAZIO NAMED POINTSTREAK AMERICAN ASSOCIATION PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2015) – The hottest team in all of the American Association has the hottest player in all of the land. St. Paul Saints catcher Vinny DiFazio put on a show during the week of June 15-21 and because of the amazing week he was named the Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week.
All DiFazio did during last week was go 18-29 (.621), the highest batting average for any Player of the Week up to this point, with three home runs and 10 RBI in six games. He scored eight runs, slugged two doubles and walked twice. DiFazio had a multi-hit game in every game during the week, including back-to-back four hit games on June 16 and 17 in Winnipeg. He also collected an RBI in the first five game during the week before failing to collect an RBI on Sunday evening despite singling twice with a runner at second.
On the season DiFazio is the lone hitter in the league over .400 hitting .439 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 21 games. In 82 at bats he’s scored 18 runs, has five doubles, one triple, a .484 on base percentage, .744 slugging percentage and an astounding 1.227 OPS. He is currently firstin the league in slugging percentage and batting average and third in RBI (28). DiFazio set a career high earlier this season by recording an RBI in seven straight (11) from May 21-June 2, but he surpassed that in his most recent stretch when he recorded an RBI in nine straight (17) from June 10-20.
The 28-year-old DiFazio spent the end of 2014 with the Saints and hit .256 with three RBI in 14 games after being released by the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the American Association. He began the season with the AirHogs and hit .238 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 62 games. In 223 at bats he scored 27 runs, amassed 15 doubles, a .341 on base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage. More importantly he was tremendous behind the dish throwing out 25.6% of would be base stealers, good for sixth best in the American Association.
DiFazio was originally selected in the 46th round of the 2006 June First Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles out of Indian River Community College (Fort Pierce, FL), but elected not to sign. He helped his draft status by going to the University of Alabama and was selected in the 12th round by the Texas Rangers in 2009.
In his first season DiFazio was selected to the Northwest League Post-Season All-Star Team while having a solid inaugural campaign hitting .274 with seven homers and 29 RBI with the Spokane Indians. He was promoted for the solid first half of the season and finished the year at Single-A Hickory and hit .290 with five homers and 17 RBI in 18 games.
In 2010 DiFazio dealt with a torn oblique muscle after beginning the season at Hickory. He worked his way back after rehabbing in the Arizona League and eventually reached High-A Bakersfield. Between the three stops he hit .275 with 12 homers and 37 RBI in 59 games.
DiFazio spent both 2011 and 2012 at High-A Myrtle Beach before missing all of last season.
This is the second Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week Award for the Saints. Ian Gac was named the player of the week for the first week of the season.