The International League announced on Monday that Columbus Clippers third baseman Giovanny Urshela was selected as its Batter of the Week and Indianapolis Indians pitcher Tyler Glasnow was picked as its Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 25 through May 1.
Urshela is the first Clippers player to be honored since Audy Ciriaco won the award at the end of August of last season.
The 24-year-old third baseman, after spending the second half of last season with the Cleveland Indians, lost his starting spot with the club due to concerns about his bat being able to play at the Major League level. The team signed free agent Juan Uribe to a one-year deal to keep the seat warm for Urshela while he worked on his approach at the plate in the minor leagues.
Urshela struggled in his first games back as a member of the Clippers, getting just one hit in his first 24 at bats over seven games. Since a 3-for-6 effort against Indianapolis on April 17, his bat has been much more of a factor in the Columbus lineup, as he has registered hits in 13 of the last 15 games, including that three-hit game to start the hot stretch at the plate.
He began last week hitting .186 with just one homer and three runs batted in for the season, but he hit safely in all seven games of the week, scoring seven runs and driving in ten while batting .455 and slugging .727. He was responsible for at least one run batted in during six of those seven games and now leads the Clippers in runs (11) and RBI (13).
Urshela will take a new piece of hardware and a .259 season batting average through his first 22 games with him as the Clippers start a three-game series in Charlotte against the Knights on Monday night while looking to expand upon their season-high eleven game winning streak.
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