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Deon Stafford Named Florida State League Player of the Week

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Catcher Deon Stafford from the Bradenton Marauders has been named as the Florida State League Player of the Week. Stafford played four games last week, going 7-for-15, with two walks, a triple and three home runs.

Stafford was out with an oblique injury to begin the season. He debuted on April 28th and went 0-for-12 with six strikeouts in his first three games back. Since that point, the 23-year-old backstop has hit .294/.392/.494 in 25 games.

Stafford has a lot of potential with his bat, but hasn’t really broken out at the plate yet. He posted a .749 OPS with Morgantown in 2017 and matched that number last year with West Virginia. We could be seeing the bat developing this year, though it’s going to be tough keeping up this pace as a catcher in the Florida State League, which is neither hitter-friendly, nor easy for catchers to finish strong with the brutal weather conditions they play through all summer.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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