The minor league awards keep rolling in for the Cubs’ farm system. INF Christian Villanueva became the latest player in the organization to earn a Player of the Week award Monday.
Christian Villanueva was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week (June 1-7) in large part due to hitting home runs in four straight games (June 1-4), the first I-Cubs player to hit homers in four consecutive games since Scott Moore (July 15-17, 2007) almost eight years ago.
For the week, Christian Villanueva was 10-for-30 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs, two walks, nine runs scored and 12 RBI. According to the release, Villanueva led the PCL in home runs (4), RBI (12), total bases (26) and slugging percentage (.867). Villanueva was second in extra-base hits (7) and runs scored (9).
In 43 games for the I-Cubs this season, Villanueva is batting .279/.337/.503 with eight doubles, two triples and seven home runs for a .841 OPS. Over his last eight games, Villanueva is 10-for-33 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
Christian Villanueva joins C/1B Cael Brockmeyer (Midwest League: April 9-19), 1B Dan Vogelbach (Southern League: April 9-19, April 20-26), RHP Tyler Skulina (Carolina League: April 27-May 3), OF Billy McKinney (Carolina League: May 4-10), OF/1B Yasiel Balaguert (Midwest League: May 25-31) and OF Kevin Brown (Carolina League: May 25-31) as the prospects in the organization that have won Player of the Week awards for their respective leagues.