AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals
27 years old
Weight: 205 lbs.
Contract purchased by the Royals from the Windy City ThunderBolts, Frontier League (Independent)
When you think of the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Naturals team, some special names pop out, including Royals top prospects Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer, among others. But one of the many unsung heroes of the team this season has been switch-hitting shortstop Anthony Seratelli.
Although Seratelli is not a top-flight prospect, he’s held down the starting shortstop spot for most of the season, in the process getting 299 plate appearances for the Naturals while batting .254 and stealing 15 bases.
Seratelli is by no means a power hitter: he has hit only three home runs this season, and his slugging percentage is actually lower than his on-base percentage.
But it’s that on-base percentage that makes Seratelli special.
Over the course of 101 games for the Naturals, Seratelli has drawn 49 walks, driving his on-base percentage to .361.
On-base percentage is a statistic where the big-league Royals are sorely lacking.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a place for Seratelli in the larger organizational plans. He’s blocked from above by Yuniesky Betancourt, Mike Aviles and a slew of others, and from below he’ll be competing with first-round draft choice Christian Colon.
But the versatile Seratelli could definitely become a Willie Bloomquist-type utilityman. And every good team needs one.
During the 2010 playoffs, Seratelli has found a whole new gear. Check out the “Position Player of the Week” below for more…
MiLB WEEKLY ROUNDUP
AAA – Omaha Royals
Record to date: 81-63, third place in the PCL American North to finish the season
Coming up: Despite their 81-63 record, the O-Royals did not make the AAA playoffs.
AA – Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Record to date: 44-26 in the second half (first place), 86-54 overall to finish the season
In the playoffs: The Naturals took out Springfield in a best-of-five series to advance to the Texas League finals. They split the first two games with Midland at Springdale, Ark., and will finish the series on the road in Midland.
Transactions: Will Smith was assigned to Northwest Arkansas from the A+ Wilmington Blue Rocks
Coming up: The best-of-five series continued Friday night and Saturday, and Sunday is an as-needed date.
A+ – Wilmington Blue Rocks
Record to date: 36-32 in the second half (second place), 68-70 overall to finish the season
Transactions: Will Smith was promoted to the AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Coming up: The Blue Rocks missed out on the 2010 playoffs.
POSITION PLAYER OF THE WEEK – PLAYOFFS EDITION
Anthony Seratelli, Shortstop AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals
During the 2010 playoffs: .389 avg., 5 home runs, 8 RBI
Not to double-dip here, but Seratelli has been lights-out during the playoffs. He’s clubbed five home runs (two more than he hit during all of the regular season), and his slugging percentage is 1.222.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK – PLAYOFFS EDITION
Danny Duffy, AA-Northwest Arkansas Naturals
During the 2010 playoffs: 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 15 K
Duffy, a formerly top prospect who had his troubles earlier this season, has bounced back in a big way for the 2010 Texas League playoffs. His 15 strikeouts lead the league during the playoffs, and Duffy was crucial in the series against Springfield.