Tyler Krieger’s memorable first professional season continued on Monday as the Lynchburg second baseman was named the Carolina League’s Player of the Week for games played August 15 through 21.
Krieger’s impressive debut continues to garner attention as he was honored with his first professional player of the week award and became the second consecutive Hillcats position player to earn the honor. First baseman Bobby Bradley was joined by pitcher Luis Lugo in a clean sweep of the weekly player and pitcher awards last week.
Krieger is the fifth position player and ninth player overall to win a weekly award for the Hillcats this year. In addition to Bradley and Lugo, he joins current Lynchburg players Anthony Santander, Yu-Cheng Chang, Thomas Pannone, and Sean Brady, as well as former Hillcats Julian Merryweather and Mike Papi in winning weekly awards from the Carolina League this season.
He had a busy and productive week in the Hillcats lineup despite the erratic playing schedule due to a pair of rainouts. In last Tuesday’s doubleheader against Frederick, he was 2-for-3 in one game played with a pair of singles and a run scored. He followed it up with a 4-for-7 day at the plate in Thursday’s double dip with the Keys, getting three hits (two singles and a double) and driving in two runs in the opener before doubling and scoring two runs in the second game.
He drove in two more runs on Friday night and had two hits – a single and a triple. He was 1-for-2 on Saturday with another triple and run scored and added a walk and a hit by pitch. He made it four straight games touching home plate safely on Sunday as he went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI, despite three strikeouts.
He was 11-for-21 (.524) for the week with two doubles, two triples, three walks, five RBI, and six runs scored. The hot stretch pushed his batting average from .283 at the start of the week to .311 after Sunday’s action, an increase of 28 points.
His impressive play at the plate extends well beyond the last week and has run for the majority of the month of August. The hits on Sunday extended his hitting streak to eight straight games and his on-base streak to 19 straight, dating back to August 2, the only game in the month that he has not reached base safely. He is hitting .382 with eleven walks over the course of the on-base streak.
The 22-year-old was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft out of Clemson by the Indians. He began his professional career this season with the Class-A Captains, slashing .313/.385/.427 in 69 games for Lake County with 13 doubles, four triples, three homers, 35 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases while making the Midwest League All-Star team.
The switch-hitter has continued to perform at nearly an identical level since his promotion to the High-A Hillcats, providing a .311/.395/.444 slash line in 49 games with 12 doubles, three triples, two homers, 23 RBI, 28 runs scored, and five stolen bases with Lynchburg.
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