Minor League Baseball announced Monday its Player and Pitcher of the Week Awards (July 26-Aug. 2) and three Cubs’ prospects were recognized as one of the top players by their respective leagues.
Double-A Tennessee’s backstop, Willson Contreras was named the Southern League’s Player of the Week. High-A Myrtle Beach right-hander Jonathan Martinez earned the Carolina Pitcher of the Week award. And Eugene’s 20-year old right-hander, Adbert Alzolay took home the Pitcher of the Week award in the Northwest League.
C Willson Contreras, RHP Jonathan Martinez and RHP Adbert Alzolay join 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), OF Kevin Brown (Carolina League: May 25-31), INF Christian Villanueva (Pacific Coast League: June 1-7; July 13-19), OF Mark Zagunis (Carolina League: June 15-21) and OF Jeffrey Baez (Midwest League: July 13-19) as the prospects in the organization that have won Player of the Week awards for their respective leagues.
Willson Contreras went 11-for-23 during the week and over the six games he hit three doubles and a home run. Contreras walked four times, drove in six runs and scored seven times. Contreras led the Southern League in on-base percentage (.556), OPS (1.295) and runs scored (7). Contreras was tied for tops in the league in batting average (.478), tied for second in total bases (17) and tied for third in extra base hits (4).
In 94 games for the Smokies this season, the 23-year old Contreras has batted .323/.407/.482 with 26 doubles, four triples and six home runs for a .889 OPS. Contreras has almost as many walks (42) as strikeouts (49) in 334 at bats.
Willson Contreras is among the Southern League leaders in many offensive categories. And he ranks toward the top in several offensive categories of catchers throughout the minor leagues.
Jonathan Martinez’s best start of the season earned him the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week award. Jonathan Martinez shut down the Potomac Nationals for eight innings. Martinez allowed just three hits and no walks over eight shutout innings with four strikeouts. Martinez made 86 pitches, 64 for strikes.
In 18 games, 17 starts, this season the 21-year old right hander is 7-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Martinez has allowed 34 runs, 32 earned, on 73 hits with 18 walks and 51 strikeouts in 93 innings. Since the break, Martinez is 2-1 in six starts with a 3.34 ERA and 1.00 WHIP (13 runs, 30 hits, five walks and 19 strikeouts in 35 innings).
Jonathan Martinez leads the league in WHIP (0.98), lowest opponents’ batting average (.214) and according to the release, Martinez has allowed the fewest number of baserunners for a starting pitcher in the league. Martinez ranks seventh in the Carolina League with a 3.10 ERA, which is the sixth lowest in the Cubs’ system.
Adbert Alzolay turned six innings of no-hit baseball in relief of Ryan Kellogg into a Player of the Week award. The 20-year old right hander issued one walk over six innings against Spokane on July 30 and faced just one over the minimum during the six frames with three strikeouts.
In seven games, two starts, Alzolay is 2-2 with a 1.04 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. Alzolay has allowed four runs, three earned, on 13 hits with nine walks and 23 strikeouts in 26 innings.