After a week of stellar contributions across the board offensively, Greenville Drive second baseman Mookie Betts has been named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week for May 6-12, the league announced on Monday.
The 20-year old collected base hits in all seven games this week, and is currently in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak heading into Monday's action. For the week, Betts posted a .480 batting average (12-25) and smacked three doubles and three homers while driving in five runs, scoring seven more, drawing six walks and stealing a pair of bases. His impressive week also included a .581 on-base percentage and a .960 slugging percentage.
The Brentwood, Tennessee native's biggest game of the week came in Friday night's victory at Fluor Field against Augusta, when he went 4-5 at the plate with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored. In addition, Betts went 2-2 at the plate with three walks and a stolen base in Tuesday's loss at West Virginia.
For the season, Betts has five homers while driving in 13 runs and swiping six bases to go with a .229 batting average. He has also posted a .397 on-base percentage thanks to a South Atlantic League-leading 30 walks. Since the calendar turned to May, Betts is hitting .371 (13-35) with a .522 on-base percentage.
Betts is the first Drive player to receive weekly honors from the South Atlantic League since LHP Mickey Pena was named the league's Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 7-13, 2012. He was also the first hitter to receive the league's Player of the Week honors since cather Christian Vasquez did it for the week of August 29-September 5, 2011.
The Drive begin a three-game series in Asheville on Monday night, and they will return to Fluor Field on Thursday, May 16th for a four-game set with the division rival Charleston RiverDogs, affiliate of the New York Yankees.
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