Chang Named Carolina League Player of the Week
Bob Toth | On 06, Jun 2016
For the third time this season, a Lynchburg Hillcats player has taken home a weekly honor as shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for his play from May 30 to June 5.
Chang joins former teammate Mike Papi (promoted last week to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks) and pitcher Julian Merryweather in receiving the recognition. Another member of the Indians farm system, Giovanny Urshela (Triple-A Columbus Clippers), received similar honors from the International League on May 2.
Chang batted .450 in six games, starting with play on Memorial Day. He hit safely in all six games in the week, going 9-for-20 with two doubles, two triples, a homer, and six runs batted in. In Friday’s 16-11 extra inning win, he was 3-for-4 with four runs scored, a pair of RBI, and two walks, including his tenth inning two-run blast to help pace the Hillcats to a victory. He was just a double short of the cycle in the contest.
The 20-year-old shortstop is at or near the top of the leaderboard in several major offensive categories in the Carolina League, including total bases (first; 101), RBI (third; 39), doubles (third; 16), and slugging percentage (third; .505).
The right-handed hitting infielder out of Taitung, Taiwan, joined the Indians organization on June 3, 2013, as an undrafted free agent. He worked in the Arizona League in 2014, appearing in 42 games while hitting .346. He spent 2015 with the Class-A Lake County Captains, hitting .232 in 105 games with 16 doubles, four triples, nine homers, and 52 RBI.
This season, he has already matched his doubles and triples production of a year ago, doing so through his first 50 games, batting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage while hitting seven homers and driving in 39.
Photo: Lee Luther Jr./The News and Advance