BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp second baseman David Vidal has been named the Southern League Player of the Week for the week of April 17-23, announced by the league office Monday morning.
Vidal is the first Jumbo Shrimp player to earn a weekly honor from the Southern League in 2017.
"Day in and day out I've been working hard and trying to get better every day," said Vidal. "I've had the same approach but a different mentality at the plate, knowing the situations and knowing the pitchers and how they're going to work me and I'm trying not to overthink at the plate. Just do my best and be productive for my team."
Over the past week, Vidal has hit safely in each game he has played for the Jumbo Shrimp. Since April 17 he has hit .407 (11-for-27) with three doubles, a home run, five runs batted in, and has scored three runs.
Vidal has the longest active and total hitting streak for the Jumbo Shrimp at nine games. Over his steak, which began on April 15 against Chattanooga, he is hitting .400 (14-for-35) with a home run and five runs batted in. Vidal also leads Jacksonville with eight multi-hit games in the 17 games he's played so far in 2017. Vidal is hitting .328 this season, which is the sixth best batting average in the Southern League, and he is tied for third in the league with six doubles.
This is the first weekly honor for Vidal in his Minor League Baseball career.
Vidal, 27, is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was signed by the Marlins as a minor league free agent on Oct. 27, 2016.
The Jumbo Shrimp and Barons will continue their series with the third game of the five-game set on Monday at Regions Field at 12:30 p.m. ET. Right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo (2-0, 1.13 ERA) will start for Jacksonville against Birmingham right-hander Spencer Adams (0-3, 3.86 ERA). Fans can listen to the game on the Jumbo Shrimp Network presented by Community First, beginning at 12:15 p.m. ET with the pregame show "Shrimp On Deck" on FM 100.3 & AM 1600 The Biz, the TuneIn Radio app, and www.jaxshrimp.com.
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