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Shaw, Heaney take AFL awards11/12/2013 9:00 AM ET
Arizona Fall League
PHOENIX -- Surprise Saguaros first baseman Travis Shaw (Red Sox) and Glendale Desert Dogs LHP Andrew Heaney (Marlins) are the Arizona Fall League week five player and pitcher of the week, respectively.
Shaw: The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Shaw sparked the West Division champion Saguaros offense with a 7-for-13 week with five runs scored, two doubles, one home run, two RBIs and five walks. In his four appearances, Shaw led the league in batting (.538), on-base percentage (.667), slugging percentage (.923) and tied for the lead in total bases (12).
Through the Fall League's fifth week of play, the Washington Court House, Ohio native ranked as the loop's No. 7 hitter (.352) while ranking among league leaders in numerous offensive categories, including first in home run ratio (1:10.8 at-bats), second in home runs (five) and slugging percentage (.722), and fourth in RBIs (17) and extra-base hits (10).
The son of former Major League closer Jeff Shaw, a two-time All-Star, the younger Shaw was a ninth-round Draft choice (292nd overall) by Boston in 2011 out of Kent State University.
In three professional seasons, he owns a .256 batting average with 43 homers and 172 RBIs in 316 games. He spent 2013 at Double-A Portland of the Eastern League.
Heaney: In two starts last week, Heaney was dominant. After allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning of his first outing, he retired 29 of the next 30 hitters (one walk), a span than included five no-hit innings in his second start.
For the week, the lefty went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and led the Fall League in innings pitched (10).
Through the league's first five weeks, Heaney was 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA in six starts with 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings and a 0.89 WHIP. He ranked second in lowest opponent batting average (.172), third in fewest base runners per nine innings (8.03) and fourth in innings pitched (24.2).
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native Oklahoman was drafted in the first round (ninth overall) by Miami out of Oklahoma State University in 2012.
In his brief two-year professional career, he sports a 10-5 record and 2.21 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts) with 119 strikeouts in 122 1/3 innings.
He is currently ranked 48th in MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
Other nominees: Others nominated for the week five awards were Mesa 1B C.J. Cron (Angels), Glendale RHP Alex Meyer (Twins), Glendale OF Yorman Rodriguez (Reds), Salt River RHP Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays), Surprise OF Henry Urrutia (Orioles) and Glendale RHP Jamie Walczak (Reds).