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Sportman named NYPL 'Player of the Week'

Burlington, VT - Guys taken beyond, say, the 25th round are often considered afterthoughts in a Draft class, but Schenectady native J.P. Sportman, the A's 27th-rounder this year, is putting up numbers that are worthy of attention.

The right-handed centerfielder out of La Salle Institute and Central Connecticut State had a .321/.414/.393 line in 22 games in the Arizona League before moving up to the New York-Penn League two weeks ago. He's shown just as much batting aptitude with Vermont.

Last week when he notched five multi-hit games and smacked his first two professional homers on Tuesday and Wednesday. He's 18-for-49 (.367) with two homers, four doubles and eight RBIs in his first 13 games as a Lake Monster.