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Pirates' Martin, Cardinals' De Jesus named June 18-24 Players of the Week
REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. - Bristol first baseman Mason Martin and Johnson City pitcher Noel De Jesus earned the first Appalachian League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2018 season, respectively, as announced by Minor League Baseball Monday.
Martin batted .375 through six games for the Pirates, including four home runs and 10 RBI. He began the 2018 campaign with the West Virginia Power (Class A, South Atlantic League) before being re-assigned to Bristol at the start of the Appalachian League season. He recorded a hit in each of Bristol's first five games to start the season, including four multi-hit games. Martin was selected in the 17th round of the 2017 MLB First Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
De Jesus pitched seven innings in Johnson City's 2-0 victory on June 20, holding the Bluefield Blue Jays scoreless while allowing just four hits and one walk. He tallied four strikeouts in the contest en route to earning his first win of the season. The St. Louis Cardinals signed De Jesus to a minor league contract on July 2, 2015. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in the Dominican Summer League, before playing for the Cardinals' Gulf Coast League squad in 2017.
The Appalachian League is a Rookie (Advance) league in Minor League Baseball that consists of 10 teams across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The league was established in 1911, and the modern Appalachian League began play in 1957. For more information about the Appalachian League, please visit appyleague.com or follow the league on Twitter (@AppyLeague).
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