Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ first baseman Yasiel Balaguert wins Carolina Player of the Week Award
Minor League Baseball announced its players and pitchers of the week (July 18-24) and for the second time this season, Yasiel Balaguert earned the Carolina League Player of the Week Award. Balaguert was also the league’s player of the week in May (May 16-22).
Yasiel Balaguert, 23, was 11-for-26 in six games during the week, batting .423/.464/.731 with five doubles, two walks, a home run and 14 RBI. He tallied five multi-hit performances, rising to third in the league in RBI (68).
For the season, Balaguert is batting .244/.306/.383 with 14 doubles, 13 home runs and a .690 OPS. In his last 31 games, Balaguert has hit .289/.338/.455 with eight doubles and four home runs for a .793 OPS.
Balaguert ranks fifth in the Carolina League in home runs (13) while pacing the circuit in games played (100) and at-bats (381). In the 11 games leading into his second player of the week honor, the Pelicans first baseman has hit .370/.431/.609.
Cubs Minor League Players of the Week – 2016
- OF Bijan Rademacher – Southern League (April 7-17)
- INF Chesny Young – Southern League (April 18-24)
- RHP Paul Blackburn – Southern League (April 18-24)
- 2B Ian Happ – Carolina League (April 18-24)
- 1B Dan Vogelbach – Pacific Coast League (May 9-15)
- INF Jason Vosler – Carolina League (May 9-15)
- 1B Yasiel Balaguert – Carolina League (May 16-22)
- C Ian Rice – Midwest League (May 23-29)
- RHP Jake Buchanan – Pacific Coast League (May 30-June 5)
- 2B/OF Ian Happ – Carolina League (June 13-19)
- SS/2B Andruw Monasterio – Northwest League (June 20-26)
- LHP Jose Paulino – Northwest League (July 4-10)
- 1B Yasiel Balaguert – Carolina League (July 18-24)
• Yasiel Balaguert Photo – Larry Kave – Myrtle Beach Pelicans