Cubs prospect 1B Yasiel Balaguert named Carolina League Player of the Week for third time this season, second week in a row
Minor League Baseball announced its Players and Pitchers of the Week (July 25-31) on Monday and for the second straight week Myrtle Beach’s Yasiel Balaguert took home the Player of the Week Award in the Carolina League.
Yasiel Balaguert has now won the Carolina League Player of the Week Award three times on the season.
Balaguert went 13-for-32 at the plate throughout the week, posting a .406/.412/.719 line with four doubles, two home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in seven games. Balaguert recorded his first career multi-homer game in a 10-7 win on July 27 versus Carolina. Additionally, Balaguert hit in six of the contests throughout the week, with multiple knocks in five games.
Signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2011, Balaguert has hits in 14 of his last 16 games, batting .386/.434/.643 with nine doubles, three homers and 22 RBI during that span.
Entering play Monday, no one in the Carolina League had played in more games (105) or tallied more at-bats (404) than Balaguert. He ranked third in RBI (75), fourth in HR (15) and fifth in HR/AB (1/26.93).
For the season, Yasiel Balaguert is batting .250/.309/.400 with 16 doubles and 15 home runs for a .708 OPS. In his last 37 games, Balaguert is hitting .297/.340/.486 with 10 doubles and six home runs for a .826 OPS.
Balaguert also won the circuit’s Player of the Week for May 16-22 and July 18-24.
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)
- OF Eloy Jimenez – Midwest 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)
- LHP Jose Paulino – Northwest League (July 18-24)
- 1B Yasiel Balaguert – Carolina League (July 25-31)