GREENEVILLE, TN - Greeneville Astros right-handed pitcher Jorge Alcala, who was promoted to the Class Short-Season A Tri-City ValleyCats on August 22, has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com for the week of August 15-August 21. During his start against the Danville Braves on August 19, Alcala (2-1) had a no-hitter through five scoreless innings and earned the win after allowing just one walk and striking out seven.
The honor for Alcala sets a new team record with five weekly league awards in a single season, breaking the mark of four set in 2015. Previously, infielder Miguelangel Sierra (July 4-10) and infielder Jonathan Arauz (August 1-7) received player of the week recognition while left-handed pitcher Framber Valdez (June 27-July 3) and right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier (August 8-14) were each named pitchers of the week.
Overall, it is the thirteenth time in club history the Astros have earned league pitcher of week honors. With Alcala joining Javier and Valdez as award winners this season, the Astros have tied the team record with three pitchers of the week in a single season. The previous mark was set during the club's inaugural 2004 season when future major leaguer Juan Gutierrez was recognized as pitcher of the week on three separate occasions.
Alcala was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2014. He spent the 2015 season with the Dominican Summer League Astros where he went 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA over 12 appearances and two starts. During that time, he also picked up one save and had 20 strikeouts over 32.1 innings.
After beginning the 2016 season with the Gulf Coast League Astros, Alcala was assigned to Greeneville on July 23. Since that time, the 21-year-old is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA over six appearances with four starts. He has pitched a total of 20 innings and surrendered just four earned runs on 12 hits and eight walks while racking up 20 strikeouts.
The Greeneville Astros are the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. For more information, call (423) 638-0411.
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