Kane County Cougars 3B Jeimer Candelario and South Bend Silver Hawks RHP Blayne Weller respectively were named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of July 7-13.
During that period, Candelario played in seven games, going hitless in only one — the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. He made up for that oh-fer performance with two home runs in the second game, including a walk-off roundtripper.
Candelario had 12 hits during the past week, including three home runs and five doubles. He walked twice, drove in nine runs, and struck out only twice. He is batting .267 with 3 HR and 15 RBI in 21 games since rejoining the Cougars from High-A Daytona last month.
It’s no surprise that Weller was named the MWL pitcher of the week after he no-hit the Dayton Dragons last Thursday in a game nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network. He struck out 12 batters and, despite giving up no hits, gave up an unearned run thanks to a walk, a stolen base, and a two-base throwing error. (The error was committed by SS Andrew Velazquez, who set a new minor-league record Sunday for consecutive games on base.)
Overall this season, Weller is 5-4 with a 4.03 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 29 walks in 82.2 IP (21 games/11 starts) for the Silver Hawks.
Hernandez, Wainwright to start ASG
The starting pitchers for tomorrow night’s MLB All-Star Game were announced today: Seattle Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez for the American League and St. Louis Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright for the National League.
Wainwright never pitched in the Midwest League, but Hernandez did briefly. The pitcher now known as King Felix started two games for the 2003 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, striking out 18 batters in 14 IP.