ROUND ROCK, Texas - George Springer and Asher Wojciechowski of the Oklahoma City RedHawks have been named Pacific Coast League Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 8th - 14th, the league office announced today.
Springer and Wojciechowski each had outstanding weeks as they became the second teammates this season to sweep the weekly awards. Nick Franklin and Andrew Carraway of the Tacoma Rainiers accomplished the feat during the week of April 28th.
Springer hit .450 over six games, increasing his season average to .404 in 17 games with the RedHawks after being promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi. The center fielder added seven RBI on nine hits including a double, a triple and three home runs. Springer also walked five times, stole a base and had an impressive line of .560/1.050/1.610. His week was highlighted by a 4-for-5 performance at Round Rock on Tuesday where he had a triple, two home runs and five RBI, finishing a double short of a cycle.
The New Britain, Connecticut native was drafted out of the University of Connecticut by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (11th) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. This is Springer's second weekly honor of the season following his selection as the Texas League Player of the Week for the week of June 3rd. He was also selected to play in the MLB All-Star Futures Game that was held yesterday at Citi Field in New York City. Springer went 1-for-3 with an infield single and a hit-by-pitch as a member of the U.S. Team as they defeated the World Team 4-2.
Wojciechowski had a dominating week that saw the right-hander go 1-0 in two starts for the RedHawks. On Monday at Round Rock, he faced the minimum 27 batters as he tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout with five strikeouts and one walk in the win. It was his first career shutout and was the first nine-inning shutout for the RedHawks since August 14, 2009 (Luis Mendoza, no-hitter). He followed his career night with six strong innings on Saturday at home against New Orleans where he gave up only one run off of five hits in a no-decision.
Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Wojciechowski was drafted in the 1st round (41st) out of The Citadel by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He was acquired by the Houston Astros from Toronto in a trade involving 10 players on July 20, 2012. In 14 starts this season for Oklahoma City, Wojciechowski is 5-4 with a 2.95 ERA.