ROUND ROCK, Texas - Jose Martinez of the Omaha Storm Chasers and Ty Blach of the Sacramento River Cats were awarded the Pacific Coast League's Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of Aug. 17-23, the league office announced today.
Jose Martinez batted a league-best .552 this week, while accumulating 16 hits in 29 at-bats. The first baseman and outfielder also led the PCL in extra-base hits (seven), total bases (30), and on-base percentage (.606). He was responsible for at least one run in six of the seven games he played for the Storm Chasers, compiling seven RBI and nine runs scored. Martinez recorded six multi-hit games this week, topped by a four-hit performance Wednesday at Las Vegas, where he was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. He helped Omaha to a 4-3 win Sunday over Sacramento, when he hit a go-ahead home run on the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth inning. The home run was one of three he hit for the week. In his first year at the Triple-A level, Martinez has batted .386 in 85 games, while amassing 36 extra-base hits and 54 RBI.
Martinez, 27, joined the Royals' organization for the first time this season, signing a minor league contract with Kansas City on Jan. 28. He began his professional career in 2006, when he signed as an international free agent with the Chicago White Sox out of La Guaira, Venezuela. This is the first Player of the Week award Martinez has received in his nine-year career.
Ty Blach tossed two quality starts this week for the River Cats, highlighted by the first nine-inning complete-game shutout of his career. The left-hander led the PCL in innings pitched (17) and also had the best ERA (0.53), opponents' average (.107), and WHIP (0.53) among pitchers with two starts. In his first game Monday, he held Round Rock to three hits and no runs for a full nine innings to earn his 11th win of the season. Blach also struck six batters that night during his 117-pitching outing. The complete-game shutout was his second of the season, as he went the distance in a seven-inning contest on July 27 at Albuquerque. Blach again limited the opposition to three hits in his following start Saturday against New Orleans. The Zephyrs managed to score just one run off Blach during his eight innings on the mound, as Sacramento went on to win in extra innings to extend their club record win streak to 13 games. The 24-year old from Denver, Colorado, owns an 11-10 record, 4.05 ERA, and 91 strikeouts this year with the River Cats.
The 2015 season is Blach's first at the Triple-A level and his third in professional baseball. He was drafted in the fifth round by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 out of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Blach entered this season ranked as the Giants' No. 7 prospect, according to Baseball America. The Pitcher of the Week accolade is the second of his career, with his previous coming in 2013 as a member of the San Jose Giants in the California League.
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