PEARL, MS -- Infielder Jacob Schrader and RHP Rob Whalen have been named Mississippi Farm Bureau Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, May 29.
Schrader, 25, posted a .357 batting average in six games during the week. He had two doubles and a RBI. For the M-Braves this season, Schrader is hitting .187 with seven doubles and four homers through 43 contests. He was selected as a Carolina League Post-Season All-Star last season after hitting .268 with 28 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs and 59 RBI. Schrader led all Braves farmhands in homers (15) while ranking second in doubles (28) and fifth in RBI (59) last year. The Florida native was selected by the Braves in the 27th round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Tampa.
Whalen, 22, tossed six frames for the M-Braves Saturday night against the Suns. He surrendered just four hits and two runs (both unearned) while fanning eight batters. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.04 ERA in 10 starts for the M-Braves this season. Opponents are hitting .234 against Whalen. He was acquired by the Braves along with RHP John Gant from the New York Mets in exchange for Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and cash on July 24, 2015.