ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Pacific Coast League office announced today that Welington Castillo of the Iowa Cubs and Brett Cecil of the Las Vegas 51s have been named Pacific Coast League Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 13th through the 19th.
Castillo batted .625 (10-for-16) with three doubles and three home runs to go along with his PCL-best 12 runs batted in during his four games last week. The 24-year-old catcher had two or more hits and drove in at least one run in each game, including a two-home run, six-RBI performance on June 17th at Albuquerque. The catcher followed up the June 17th showing with three hits, including a double and a home run, and four RBI on June 18th.
Since returning from a four-game stint with the Chicago Cubs in May, Castillo has a hit in 15 consecutive games with Iowa, batting .403 (25-for-62) with seven home runs, 21 RBI and 14 runs scored since the start of the streak on May 30th. The Dominican Republic native has also driven in a run in six straight games, helping him lead the I-Cubs with 19 RBI during the month of June.
Cecil posted a record of 1-0 with a 1.69 earned run average in two starts during the week, striking out a PCL-best 16 while walking four. The left-hander tossed his first career shutout in his first start, holding the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to four hits on June 13th. The complete game by Cecil was his second in his last four starts, placing him in a tie for the most complete games in the PCL this season. Cecil went on to strike out a season-high nine batters in his second start of the week, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in a no-decision against the Reno Aces on June 18th.
Along with a share of the PCL lead in complete games and shutouts, Cecil enters Monday also tied for the most wins in the PCL with eight. The Maryland native began the season with the Toronto Blue Jays, making four starts, before joining the 51s at the end of April. Since being drafted by Blue Jays 38th overall in the 2007 June Draft, the 24-year-old has split the last three seasons between Toronto and Las Vegas.
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