Hillcats’ Haggerty Named Carolina League Player of the Week

Sam Haggerty’s big week at the plate was recognized by the Carolina League on Monday as the league office announced the Lynchburg middle infielder as its Player of the Week for games played between April 24 and April 30.

The switch-hitting 22-year-old was a 24th round selection by the Cleveland Indians in the 2015 draft out of the University of New Mexico.

Haggerty not only reached base in all five games played last week with hits, but also reached safely with walks in his first four games played. He opened his week with a triple and a walk and scored both Lynchburg runs on Tuesday in Salem in the Hillcats’ 6-2 loss. He followed it up by matching his season-high of three hits in the ‘Cats 13-7 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday. He came up just a homer shy of the cycle, reached base safely four times, picked off one, and scored four runs on the day.

After Thursday’s rainout, the Hillcats returned home on Friday to host Myrtle Beach. He was 1-for-4 in the series opener with a double, a walk, and a stolen base. He followed it with another three-hit game on Saturday and again flirted with a cycle, falling just a homer short while scoring a pair of runs, drawing a walk for the fourth straight game, and stealing a base in his third straight in the Hillcats’ 11-3 win over the Pelicans. He wrapped up the weekend series with a double in his fourth straight game and scored a run in Sunday’s 10-8 loss.

During the five-game stretch, Haggerty was 9-for-21 (.429) at the plate with a .520 on-base percentage and a .905 slugging mark. He had nine hits (including four doubles and three triples), scored nine runs, drove in a pair, walked four times, and stole three bases in three attempts.

Starting his third season in the Indians organization, Haggerty put up a .318/.418/.606 line at the plate with seven doubles, six triples, and five runs batted in while stealing eight of nine bases attempted during 18 April games.

He spent 16 games with short-season Mahoning Valley in his debut season in 2015, hitting .283. He followed that up with 100 games at Class-A Lake County last season, where he hit .230.

The Hillcats took home ten weekly honors last season, matching a club record. Six different position players and four pitchers were recognized last year by the league.

Photo: Lindsay Carico/milb.com

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