Barnes and Collins named POTW

Barrett Barnes

The South Atlantic League office has announced it's Player-of-the-Week for the time period of June 17 through 23 and West Virginia Power outfielder Barrett Barnes was honored for his work during that time span. The 2012 supplemental first round draft choice hit .350 over the weekend with two home runs and nine runs batted in, helping pace the Power to three wins against the Lakewood BlueClaws.

On Friday, June 21, Barnes hit both of his two home runs and drove in six. The outfielder singled in a run in the second, hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, and added a three-run shot in the fifth. He became the first player since Erik Huber during the 2009 season to drive in more than five runs in any single Power game.

Barnes becomes the third West Virginia player to be honored by the league this season. Stetson Allie was twice named Player-of-the-Week while Orlando Castro was also selected as the Pitcher-of-the-Week once. Both Allie and Castro were promoted during the league's All-Star break and are now playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates High-A affiliate in Bradenton.

Jamestown 1B Danny Collins was named player of the week in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League.

Recently drafted hitters sometimes need time to adjust to the wooden bats of pro ball. That doesn't seem to be an issue for Collins, the Pirates' 13th-round pick earlier this month. The 22-year-old first baseman went deep in his debut June 17 before homering in three straight games between Thursday and Saturday. Collins has scored in each of his seven games as a pro, leading the Jammers to an early 5-2 record.

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