MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 1, 2016) - Myrtle Beach Pelicans first baseman Yasiel Balaguert has been named the Carolina League's Player of the Week for the week of July 25-31, the league office announced Monday. The award is the second straight circuit Player of the Week honor for Balaguert and his third this season.
Balaguert went 13-for-32 at the plate throughout the week, posting a .406/.412/.719 line with four doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in seven games. The La Habana, Cuba native recorded his first career multi-homer game in a 10-7 win on July 27 vs. Carolina. Additionally, Balaguert hit in six of the contests throughout the week, with multiple knocks in five games.
Signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2011, Balaguert has hits in 14 of his last 16 games, batting .386/.434/.643 with nine doubles, three homers and 22 RBIs during that span.
No one in the Carolina League has played in more games (105) or tallied more at-bats (404) than Balaguert. He currently ranks third in RBIs (75), fourth in HR (15) and fifth in HR/AB (1/26.93).
Balaguert also won the circuit's Player of the Week for May 16-22 and July 18-24. Former Pelicans infielder Ian Happ took home the award for April 18-24 and June 13-19, while current infielder Jason Vosler was named the league's honoree for May 9-15.
Myrtle Beach begins a three-game series with Monday's 7 p.m. contest at Frederick. The Pelicans currently reside in first place of the Carolina League's Southern Division.
The 2016 season is the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
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