ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The New York-Penn League announce on tuesday that Mahoning Valley Scrappers outfielder Hosea Nelson was named the New York-Penn League's Player of the Month for July.
Nelson also earned Player of the Week honors for the week of July 16-22 after batting .440 (11-for-25) with three doubles, a pair of home runs, and nine RBI. Mahoning Valley went 5-1 in six games played in that span versus division rivals Auburn and Batavia.
Nelson's award-winning July helped the Scrappers to a 17-12 record, and, at one point, the league's best record. He hit for a .340/.376/.553 slash line with five home runs, 22 RBI and seven doubles in 28 July games. He has been a key cog that spins Scrappers manager Jim Pankovits' batting order. He has hit fourth or fifth in Mahoning Valley's lineup in 28 of his 40 games played.
Nelson has been one of the top power threats in the New York-Penn League. He is batting .299 on the season with a team-high six home runs. He is tied for third in the league in home runs and his 29 RBI, 76 total bases, and .494 slugging percentage puts him in third place in the league in each respective category. In addition, his .831 OPS is good for fifth in the league, and his 46 hits put him in a tie for sixth in the league.
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