MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Memphis Redbirds utility player Breyvic Valera has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for the week of July 31-Aug. 6, the league announced Monday.
In six games at Reno and Tacoma, Valera hit .483 (14-29) and reached base at a .516 clip with four doubles and two home runs, and his 24 total bases during the week led all of Triple-A Baseball. He also scored eight runs and drove in seven more, and he is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak where he has six multi-hit games.
Valera leads all St. Louis Cardinals full-season minor leaguers with a .320 batting average in 94 games this season and he is the second-hardest hitter to strike out in the PCL, fanning once every 13.1 at-bats. He is second on the Redbirds with 30 multi-hit games, while his 10 three-hit contests are tops on the club.
Valera has excelled at the plate while starting games at four different positions, plus designated hitter, and hitting in six different spots in the batting order.
Valera becomes the third Redbirds to win a PCL weekly award this season, joining John Gant (June 12-18) and Luke Weaver (May 1-7).
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