The West Coast League’s Moss Adams Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league commissioner Rob Neyer, are St. Mary’s sophomore-to-be shortstop Gio Diaz of the Portland Pickles and San Francisco sophomore-to-be pitcher Haydn King of the Walla Walla Sweets for the week of July 9-16.
Diaz, who is second in the league in hitting with a .362 batting average, went 12-for-22 with 8 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. For the summer, Diaz has blasted 9 doubles and 5 home runs while collecting 25 RBIs and swiping a league-leading 15 bases.
This past spring as a frosh, Diaz hit .319 for the Gaels with 7 doubles and 16 RBIs over 94 at bats.
King pitched a gem at Portland on July 11th in the Sweets 2-1 win over the first-half South champion Pickles. King struck out 11 over 5 innings while allowing six hits, one walk and a run in getting a no decision. This summer, King is 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA over 6 appearances and 5 starts. The southpaw has struck out 33 over 25 innings pitched for Walla Walla.
As a frosh at USF, King went 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA over 11 appearances and 4 starts.