Paulino Joins Long List of Hillcats to Win Player of the Week Award
Bob Toth | On 30, Aug 2016
Another week, another piece of hardware for a member of the Lynchburg Hillcats as outfielder Dorssys Paulino‘s tear at the plate earned him the Carolina League Player of the Week honor for games played between August 22 and August 28.
It had already been a good couple of days for the Hillcats club as they remained in the race for the Carolina League Northern Division second half crown. Six different Lynchburg players from over the course of the season (Greg Allen, Bobby Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Mark Mathias, Francisco Mejia, and Anthony Santander) were named Carolina League postseason All-Stars on Saturday. Bradley was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, the second season in a row that Lynchburg has been represented with the Carolina League’s top honor. Manager Mark Budzinski was named the league’s Manager of the Year.
Paulino joined the long list of Hillcats to win the Player of the Week Award this season, following Mike Papi, Chang, Bradley, Santander, and Tyler Krieger before him. Lynchburg has now taken home the Player of the Week Award in each of the last three weeks.
The 21-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder out of the Dominican Republic missed some time on the disabled list early in the season but has made up for lost time since his return. He was shelved with a left hamate bone injury that required surgery, keeping him out of action for two months.
In the six games that he appeared in last week, Paulino was 14-for-25 (.560) with four doubles, one triple, two homers, and eight runs batted in while scoring four times. He totaled 26 bases in his week in 26 total plate appearances while adding a 1.040 slugging percentage and 1.617 OPS with a .632 BAbip.
With hits in six straight games, he pushed his season-high hitting streak to eight consecutive games. It came straight on the heels of a six-game hitting streak and two recent five-game hitting streaks right before that.
Paulino had a single on Tuesday against Wilmington before hitting a double and driving in a run in Wednesday’s win. He was a perfect 4-for-4 on Thursday, coming just a homer short of the cycle while driving in three runs. The three came via a bases loaded triple that broke a 1-1 tie.
He made up for the missing homer the following game as the Hillcats started their series with the Potomac Nationals. He hit a solo homer in that game and added another the following day as part of a 4-for-5 day at the plate with three more singles. He ended the week on Sunday with his third multi-hit game in that span as he went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, a walk, one run scored, and two more runs batted in.
Paulino had put together a batting line of .235/.325/.314 through his first 27 games this season with five doubles, a homer, and eleven RBI when he was injured in the middle of May. He missed more than two months of action before returning to the field with the Indians’ rookie league team in Goodyear. In nine games between July 17 and July 30, he hit .393 with a .514 on-base percentage and rejoined Lynchburg at the start of August.
In the 22 games since his return from Arizona, Paulino has a .391/.424/.678 slash line with a 1.102 OPS and .433 BAbip. He has eight doubles, a triple, five homers, and 18 RBI in 93 plate appearances. Coupled with his numbers in Arizona, he is hitting .391 with a .449 OBP since returning from his injury.
His Player of the Week Award is the third of his career. He previously won twice last season – once while with Lake County (July 6, 2015) and once after joining Lynchburg (August 3, 2015).
Paulino is in his fifth season in the Indians organization after signing with the club as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2011 at the age of 16. The son of former seven-year MLBer Jesus Sanchez, Paulino first appeared in official games in 2012 in Arizona and Mahoning Valley. He spent 2013, 2014, and part of 2015 at Lake County, while also appearing in 43 games for Lynchburg last season.
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