Hillcats’ Bradley and Lugo Sweep Carolina League Weekly Awards
Bob Toth | On 16, Aug 2016
The Lynchburg Hillcats have won on the field all season long and have received plenty of hardware off of it. Monday was more of the same as first baseman Bobby Bradley and starting pitcher Luis Lugo each took home their first Carolina League weekly honors of the season.
The Indians’ High-A affiliate has now won four Player of the Week awards and four Pitcher of the Week awards this season.
The 20-year-old slugging first base prospect hit .409 with a .440 on-base percentage, .864 slugging percentage, and 1.304 OPS in six games split between a road series with the Potomac Nationals and a home set against the Winston-Salem Dash. He had nine hits in 22 at bats, including a double, three home runs, and seven RBI. He homered in all three games against the Dash to end his impressive week and has a six-game hitting streak as a result.
The Indians’ third round pick in the 2014 draft out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, Bradley has played in 111 games this season for Lynchburg, slashing .250/.360/.490 on the year with 22 doubles, one triple, 25 homers, and 91 RBI. He has set new professional career highs for games played, runs scored (73), doubles, and walks (67). He is just two homers short of matching the 27 homers he hit last season with Lake County and needs just one RBI to match his output with the Captains in 2015.
The award is the fourth weekly honor for Bradley, who won three separate times in the Midwest League last season in his first full year in the Indians farm system.
Lugo, the 22-year-old lefty hurler from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, took home his first award this season on Monday, joining Thomas Pannone, Sean Brady, and Julian Merryweather in doing so in 2016 for the Hillcats.
He made one start last week, throwing six innings of three-hit shutout ball against the Nationals. He did not earn the decision while striking out five and issuing no walks.
Despite consecutive no-decisions, Lugo is defending a season-high four-game winning streak on the mound after going 4-1 in the month of July. In two August starts, he has a 1.64 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP. For the season, he is 8-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 22 starts and needs just five strikeouts to hit the century mark for the third consecutive season.
He is in his sixth season in the Indians organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent on February 28, 2011. He was the organization’s minor league strikeout leader in 2014 when he struck out 146.
The Pitcher of the Week award was the second in Lugo’s professional career. He also won in September of 2014 while pitching for the Captains.
Photo: MiLB.com (Bradley)