INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that former Indianapolis Indians outfielder Andrew Lambo has been named the Bucs' Minor League Player of the Year. Lambo ranked tied for first in all of Minor League Baseball with 31 homers prior to his first career Major League promotion, including belting an International League-best 17 home runs during his original stint with the Tribe.
The slugger, who appeared in 59 Triple-A games with Indianapolis from June 8 - Aug. 11, hit .278 (60-for-216) while leading the league in both homers and RBI (51), ranking second in extra-base hits (33) and slugging percentage (.593), tied for seventh in doubles (15) and tied for eighth in runs scored (31). Lambo's dominance of the International League also led to his first career IL Batter of the Week honors, when he produced an incredible .500 average (9-for-18) with three homers and a 1.056 slugging percentage during the period of June 24-30.
Lambo also notched 14 multi-hit games for the Tribe, five of which were three-knock performances, and collected an impressive 16 multi-RBI efforts before joining the Pirates. He capped off an incredible stretch of run-producing games with his pair of solo homers on Aug. 6 at Louisville, moving him into sole possession for the most multi-RBI games of any Indians batter on the season in just his 54th contest with the team. Despite beginning the campaign in Double-A Altoona and finishing the year in Pittsburgh, the slugger still concluded 2013 ranked first on the Indians with 18 home runs and a .589 slugging percentage, and fourth with a combined 53 RBI through his two stints at the Triple-A level.
Overall this season, Lambo recorded a .282 batting average with 67 runs, 24 doubles, five triples, 32 homers and 99 RBI in 120 Minor League games between the Curve and Indians. He paced all Pirates farmhands in both longballs and runs driven in prior to joining the big league club, and his 32 home runs were the most of any player in Pittsburgh's system since Brad Eldred smashed 38 dingers in 2004.
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