SPRINGDALE, Ark. - The Texas League announced the Texas League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of June 5 through June 11 and Northwest Arkansas Naturals' outfielder Donnie Dewees, Jr. was recognized. Dewees becomes the first Naturals player, position or pitcher, to earn a league award during the 2017 season.
In six games during the week of June 5 through June 11, the outfielder hit .391 (9-for-23) with two home runs, two doubles, and six RBI while posting a 1.071 OPS. The stretch was highlighted by a 2-for-4 game against the Springfield Cardinals on June 8 where he homered and drove in two to help the Naturals to an important 5-0 win. For the week, Dewees, Jr. led the league in RBI and was in the top-five in home runs, extra base hits, and OPS.
It marks the 28th time that a Naturals position player has earned the Player of the Week honor and he is the first award winner since Frank Schwindel took home the honor for June 20 through June 26 during the 2016 season.
Dewees, Jr. has spent all of the 2017 season with Northwest Arkansas serving as the team's main centerfielder. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of North Florida and was acquired by the Kansas City Royals in a trade in February for former Natural RHP Alec Mills.
RHP Scott Barlow of Tulsa took home the Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors by going 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA.
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The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information, including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit NWANaturals.com, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and Facebook.com/Naturals.
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