Jorge, Brockmeyer named MWL players of week

Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Felix Jorge (Photo by Dennis Hubbard/

Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Felix Jorge (Photo by Dennis Hubbard/

Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Felix Jorge and South Bend Cubs C/1B Cael Brockmeyer were named the Midwest League pitcher and offensive player of the week, respectively.

On April 13 against the Beloit Snappers, Jorge gave up only two hits and two walks while striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings. On Sunday against the Burlington Bees, he gave up one run on five hits and two walks while striking out nine in five innings.

In his first 10 games of the season, Brockmeyer batted .444 (16-for-36) with a home run, five RBI, six walks, and seven runs scored.  He leads the Midwest League in hits (16), extra-base hits (seven) and total bases (25), is tied for first in doubles (six), and ranks second in both slugging percentage (.694) and on-base percentage (.524).

South Bend sets franchise record for attendance

The South Bend Cubs set a new franchise record for single-game attendance Saturday when they packed 7,575 fans into Four Winds Field.

A new franchise record for attendance on Opening Day was set April 9 when the team drew 7,086 fans to its first game as a Chicago Cubs affiliate.

South Bend has had a Midwest League team since 1988. It was affiliated with the Chicago White Sox from 1988-1996 and the Arizona Diamondbacks from 1997-2014.

Trout youngest to join 100/100 club

Los Angeles Angels CF Mike Trout homered twice Friday to become the youngest player in MLB history to collect 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases. The record previously was held by Alex Rodriguez, who played for the Seattle Mariners at the time.

Both players were 23 years old when they achieved the feat, and both are Midwest League alumni.

Trout was the MWL MVP and Prospect of the Year in 2010 when he batted .362 with 6 HR, 39 RBI and 45 SB in 81 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He also played five games with the Kernels in 2009.

A-Rod also was a MWL Prospect of the Year when he batted .319 with 14 HR, 55 RBI and 16 SB in 65 games with the 1994 Appleton Foxes.

Ex-MWL pitcher McKirahan suspended

Atlanta Braves LHP Andrew McKirahan was suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He pitched 10 innings for the 2012 Peoria Chiefs and 19.2 innings for the 2013 Kane County Cougars.

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