Kubitza, Wilson named MWL players of the week

West Michigan Whitecaps RHP Austin Kubitza and Clinton LumberKings OF Austin Wilson were respectively named the Midwest League pitcher and offensive player of the week for the period of April 28 to May 4.

In his one start last week, Kubitza allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out 12 batters in seven scoreless innings. This is the second time the Detroit Tigers prospect has been named the MWL Pitcher of the Week; the other time was for the period of April 3-13.

Austin Kubitza delivers a pitch for the West Michigan Whitecaps last month. (Photo courtesy of the Whitecaps)

Austin Kubitza delivers a pitch for the West Michigan Whitecaps last month. (Photo courtesy of the Whitecaps)

Wilson was named the league’s offensive player of the week after batting .375 (9-for-24) in seven games. Six of his nine hits were for extra bases: three doubles, a triple, and two home runs. He also drove in 11 runs, giving him a league-best 24 RBI this season. Six of those RBI came Saturday in a game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Munoz ties MWL doubles record

South Bend Silver Hawks 3B Joe Munoz tied a Midwest League record with four doubles in his team’s 16-2 rout of the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Sunday. The performance was his third four-hit game of his career.

You can see the box score here. It shows that six Silver Hawks players had at least two hits and five Silver Hawks players had at least two runs batted in.

Silver Hawks 3B Joe Munoz (right) handles a ground ball while SS Andrew Velazquez backs him up during South Bend's home opener last month. (South Bend Tribune photo by Greg Swiercz)

Silver Hawks 3B Joe Munoz (right) handles a ground ball while SS Andrew Velazquez backs him up during South Bend’s home opener last month. (South Bend Tribune photo by Greg Swiercz)

Kaminsky loses debut as Chiefs struggle at plate

Peoria Chiefs LHP Rob Kaminsky gave up two runs (one unearned) in four innings in his Midwest League debut Sunday, and that was enough for the Cedar Rapids Kernels to beat the struggling St. Louis Cardinals affiliate.

The Chiefs haven’t scored in 23 consecutive innings since plating seven runs in the 4th inning of Friday’s game against the Kernels.

Kaminsky was the second first-round draft pick of the Cardinals last year. To make room for him on Peoria’s roster, RHP Nick Petree was promoted to High-A Palm Beach. Petree gave up only three runs in the 21 innings (four starts) he pitched for the Chiefs.

Peoria Chiefs LHP Rob Kaminsky (Photo courtesy of the Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria Chiefs LHP Rob Kaminsky (Photo courtesy of the Peoria Chiefs)

Chapman pitches again for Dragons

Rehabbing Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman made his second rehab appearance with the Dayton Dragons on Sunday. He struck out one batter, walked another, and picked off a runner. The Lake County Captains won the game 8-6.

Chapman also pitched a scoreless inning against the Lansing Lugnuts two days earlier.

LHP Aroldis Chapman delivers a pitch for the Dayton Dragons on Saturday. (Photo by TCP Photography)

LHP Aroldis Chapman delivers a pitch for the Dayton Dragons on Saturday. (Photo by TCP Photography)

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