GREENEVILLE, TN - Greeneville Astros right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier has been named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com for the week of August 8-August 14. Over two games with one start during that span, Javier had a 0.00 ERA over nine innings while allowing just three hits, walking four, and picking up 11 strikeouts.
The honor for Javier ties a team-record, set in 2015, with the fourth weekly league award for the Astros this season. 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) was named pitcher of the week.
Overall, it is the twelfth time in club history the Astros have earned league pitcher of week honors. With Javier and Valdez both garnering the award this season, the Astros have now had two pitchers of the week in each of the last three seasons. In 2014, Harold Arauz and Brock Dykxhoorn each took home the award while Ryan Deemes and Andrew Thome were both recognized in 2015.
Javier was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2015 and spent that entire season between the Astros' two Dominican Summer League teams. He began the 2016 season with the Gulf Coast League Astros where he went 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in six appearances and two starts. During that time, he also picked up one save and had 37 strikeouts against eight walks over 25 and one-third innings.
Since his first appearance in Greeneville on July 29th, Javier has appeared in a total of four games with two starts. The 19-year-old is 1-0 and has surrendered just nine hits and one unearned run over a total of 16 innings pitched while allowing five walks and striking out 19 opposing batters.
The Greeneville Astros are the Appalachian League affiliate of the Houston Astros. For more information, call (423) 638-0411.
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