08/17/2009 1:29 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones are happy to announce that Damian Rolls has been named Northern League Player of the Week for the period ending August 16, 2009.
Rolls, who led the league in slugging percentage (1.222) and on-base percentage (.571) for the week, batted .500 (nine-for-18) with a league-high nine runs scored, a double, four home runs and five RBI in that span. He also stole his 10th base of the year, moving to a perfect 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts this year.
The 6-2, 215-pounder, is a 13-year veteran with 200-plus major league base hits. He made his major league debut on September 3rd, 2000 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and played parts of the next four seasons at the major league level. Arguably his best season came in 2003 when he batted .255 with seven home runs and 46 RBI for Tampa Bay. He also stole 11 of his career 27 major league stolen bases in ‘03. Rolls was originally drafted in the first round (23rd overall selection) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1996 amateur draft. He played five seasons in the Dodgers farm system before getting selected by the Kansas City Royals in the Rule 5 Draft, then quickly purchased by the Rays in 1999. He also spent time playing in the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox organizations.
Rolls signed with the T-Bones on March 20, 2009 after playing the previous two seasons with the Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League).