It is challenging to maintain a balanced perspective when you win the Carolina League Player of the Week Award your first week at the High-A level. Mitch Reeves of the High-A Hillcats received that honor for the week ending June 30. The 6’2” 210 lb. outfielder/first baseman was promoted from Low-A Lake County on June 20 and got off to a hot start as the fast A level.
At the time of the honor, Reeves was batting .375, and had two home runs and nine RBI in his first nine games with the Hillcats.
“Fortunately, I’ve been able to get some good swings on good balls,” said Reeves in an interview for Did The Tribe Win Last Night. “I was messing around with my friends and said it must have been a down week, cause I was kind of surprised when I got it.”
Luis Santos had his fair share of fun in State College, Pennsylvania, with one of the bigger moments of the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.
The 23-year-old Mahoning Valley right-hander’s battle with Batavia’s Sean Reynolds provided some on-the-field humor with an impressive triple-digit feat as the South rolled to a 7-1 win over the North in the annual exhibition of the league’s top performers.
The first place Mahoning Valley Scrappers (32-22) will be well represented at Tuesday’s New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, the home of the State College Spikes.
Five members of the Cleveland Indians’ short-season affiliate will represent the South squad in the annual exhibition, a reward for strong performances in the first half of play. Shortstop Tyler Freeman, first baseman Mitch Reeves, outfielder Hosea Nelson, and relievers Luis Santos and Randy Valladares will play together while looking to knock off the North club.