Gamboa, Suarez Take Weekly Phils Honors

Shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa and pitcher Ranger Suarez took the Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending April 22nd.

Gamboa went 7-for-19 (.368) for Clearwater, banging out three extra-base hits, two RBI, drawing five walks and struck out just one time on his way to taking the weekly honor. In five games during the week, he posted a 1.132 OPS.

On the season, Gamboa is hitting .250 in 17 games with the Threshers. He has drawn nine walks in 74 plate appearances while striking out 13 times. He has posted a .342 on-base percentage and a 1.092 OPS. Defensively, he has made just one error in 67 chances at shortstop for a .985 fielding percentage.

The 20-year old native of Venezuela was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 17, 2014.

RELATED: Ranger Suarez named EL Pitcher of the Week

Suarez was honored by the Eastern League as their Pitcher of the Week for his performance. The 22-year old posted a 1.20 ERA and struck out 12 batters in 15 innings without issuing a walk in his two starts during the week. Opponents hit just .218 against him last week.

Suarez has started four games this season for Reading and is 1-1 with a 4.13 ERA. In 24 innings he has issued just three walks – he has also hit two batters and thrown two wild pitches – while striking out 19.

The Phillies signed the left-hander as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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