PHOTO COURTESY: LAREDO LEMURS
DURHAM, NC- The official statistician of the American Association, Pointstreak, has announced that Laredo Lemurs OF Denis Phipps (pictured) has been named this week’s Pointstreak Player of the Week for the week ending September 5.
Phipps closed the season on an impressive six-game hit streak, a stretch that included three multi-hit games. However, in the first five games, Phipps hit a home run in each. The homers were his lone hits in 1-0 and 3-2 wins over the Texas AirHogs on Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31, respectively, but his homer on Friday was part of a two-hit, three-RBI night. The Lemurs beat the Wichita Wingnuts 10-4. He also had two hits, including a home run, in a 7-2 loss on Saturday, while homering for his only hit in a 3-0 win in game one of Monday’s doubleheader with Wichita. Though his home run streak was snapped in game two, Phipps still went 2-for-3 with a double in a 5-4 win.
He finished his season with a .280 average, collecting exactly 100 hits in 357 at-bats. Phipps notched 14 doubles, three triples and 24 home runs, driving in 62. Laredo concluded the 2016 regular season 57-42.
2016 is Phipps’ third campaign in Independent Baseball. 2015 saw him hit .336 (127-for-378) with 24 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and 76 RBI in 99 Lemurs games. In 2014, he hit .335 (84-for-251) in 66 games with the Lemurs. Phipps recorded 15 doubles, a triple and 15 home runs with 47 RBI. Before coming to the Lemurs, he spent eight seasons in the Cincinnati Reds system, reaching the Major Leagues in September 2012. In 10 Major League at-bats, Phipps went 3-for-10 with a double and a home run, along with two RBI. Additionally, Phipps spent parts of three seasons (2011-2013) with the Class AAA Louisville Bats. He spent a month in 2014 with the Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, but was released and came to Laredo.
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