PEARL, MS -- Mississippi Braves third baseman Austin Riley and LHP Kolby Allard have been named Mississippi Farm Bureau Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 3.
Riley, 20, posted a .409 batting average after going 9-for-22 with two doubles, a triple, two homers and three RBI in seven games during the week. Since joining the Double-A Braves on July 13, Riley is hitting .309 with eight doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 24 RBI in 47 games. Prior to his promotion, Riley was hitting .252 with 10 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs and 47 RBI in 81 games at High-A Florida. He was selected as a 2017 Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star and posted his best numbers in May, hitting .282 with nine extra-base hits and 21 RBI in 29 games. The Mississippi native was selected by the Braves in the Competitive Balance Round A (41st overall) of the 2015 draft out of DeSoto Central High School.
Allard, 20, tossed a one-hit complete game shutout in game one of Friday night's doubleheader at Trustmark Park. He walked one and struck out five through seven flawless innings to pick up his final victory of the season. Allard is 8-11 with a 3.18 ERA in 27 starts for the M-Braves this season. The southpaw was selected as a Southern League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star. He was also named Braves Organizational Pitcher of the Month at Double-A Mississippi after going 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five starts during the month of April. A native of San Clemente, CA, Allard was selected by the Braves in the first round of the 2015 draft.