The Pacific Coast League has named New Orleans Baby Cakes outfielder Austin Dean its Player of the Week for August 6-12.
Dean's 2.053 OPS over five games bested all players in Minor League Baseball. He also paced the PCL in batting average (.647), slugging percentage (1.353), on-base percentage (.700), total bases (23), while matching the league's top home run (3) and extra-base hit (6) marks. Additionally, he drove in seven runs, scored seven runs and walked three times.
The Spring, Texas native collected hits in all five games, including a stretch of four consecutive multi-hit contests. The first of those games, August 6 at Albuquerque, Dean reached base four times (three hits, one walk) and drove in two to help the Baby Cakes to a 7-2 win. He then posted consecutive two-hit games, against the Isotopes and the Iowa Cubs. Dean capped the stretch with his first two-homer game in his Triple-A career. He had a pair of solo home runs and added an RBI single in New Orleans' 9-2 victory against Iowa on August 11.
In his seventh season in the Marlins organization, Dean began the year with Double-A Jacksonville before earning his first Triple-A promotion on April 29, where he has been ever since. In 86 games with New Orleans, Dean has amassed 102 hits and batted .327 to rank fifth in the league batting race. He earned the promotion after a 22-game stint with the Jumbo Shrimp, in which he hit .420 en route to Minor League Baseball's Southern League Player of the Month honors. This is Dean's third career Player of the Week award. He was most recently honored this year, for the period of April 16-22 with Jacksonville, after hitting .520 in seven games.
Dean is the second straight Baby Cakes outfielder to win the league's weekly honor, following J.B. Shuck. The only other time in New Orleans franchise history two players won the award in back-to-back weeks came when Colin Porter and Jason Alfaro did so in 2003.
Las Vegas 51s right-hander Drew Gagnon was named the PCL's Pitcher of the Week after leading Minor League Baseball with 19 strikeouts during the week, earning a pair of wins.
The Baby Cakes return from a seven-game road trip to host the Memphis Redbirds for four games, Tuesday-Thursday, August 21-23. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, online via Ticketmaster or cakesbaseball.com, or by calling (504) 734-5155.