The International League announced today that Rochester first baseman Chris Colabello and Louisville pitcher Tony Cingrani have been named the League's first Batter and Pitcher of the Week for 2013. The period covers the first four days of the season, from April 4-7.
Chris Colabello, Rochester
(.600/.667/1.000, 4 G, 9-for-15, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS)
Over the first four days of the 2013 season, Rochester first baseman Chris Colabello enjoyed an impressive debut in Triple-A Baseball. He is the International League leader with nine hits, a .600 batting average, a .667 on-base percentage, and six runs scored. After a 3-4 performance on Opening Day in Buffalo which included his first of two home runs for the week, he added two hits in his home debut Saturday in Rochester before going 4-4 with three runs scored in Rochester's 14-5 victory on Sunday.
29-year-old Chris Colabello played for seven seasons in independent baseball before signing with the Minnesota Twins organization in 2012. Last year at Double-A New Britain, he hit .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBIs, finishing as the runner-up for the Eastern League Most Valuable Player award. Colabello is a native of Framingham, Massachusetts.
Tony Cingrani, Louisville
(1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 14 K)
It was also an impressive Triple-A Baseball debut for Louisville left-hander Tony Cingrani, who was given the Opening Day assignment for the Bats against Toledo. He responded by striking out the first seven batters he faced and exited the game after tossing 6.0 no-hit innings. In fact, Cingrani was perfect until he walked leadoff man Jordan Lennerton in the 6th. Cingrani struck out 14 of the 19 Mud Hens who came to bat against him. Toledo tied the game 3-3 in the 9th inning (costing Cingrani the win), but Felix Perez delivered a walk-off home run for the Bats. Cingrani fell just one strikeout short of matching the Louisville franchise record.
23-year-old Tony Cingrani is in just his second full season of professional baseball. He was the Cincinnati 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA between Class A Advanced Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. Cingrani is a native of New Lenox, Illinois.