Lake County Captains first baseman Bobby Bradley and Dayton Dragons RHP Wyatt Strahan respectively were named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of August 10-16.
It’s no surprise that Bradley won for offense, considering he has homered in his last five games to bring his Midwest League-leading home run total to 25. His lead isn’t even in jeopardy; the second-highest total (16) belongs to former Bowling Green Hot Rods first baseman Casey Gillaspie, who now plays in the Florida State League.
Bradley also has a nine-game hitting streak, dating back to August 7. In his past six games (the ones applicable to the award period), he batted .318 (7-for-22) with 5 HR and 14 RBI. Overall this season, he is batting .259 with 25 HR and 82 RBI in 91 games with the Captains.
This is the third time this year Bradley was named Midwest League offensive player of the week, also receiving the honor for the periods of June 8-14 and July 27-August 2.
In his lone start last week, Strahan gave up only two hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings against the Burlington Bees. He struck out four batters.
Strahan is 7-9 with a 2.72 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 44 walks in 139 innings (24 starts) for the Dragons.
Curtis sets new KC saves record
Zac Curtis collected his 28th save of the year Sunday, setting a new season record for the Kane County Cougars. The left-hander has a 1.53 ERA with 65 strikeouts and 11 walks in 47 innings (46 games/31 save opportunities) this season.
The previous Cougars record for saves in a season was 27, achieved by Bryan Moore in 2000. Moore went 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 12 walks in 69.2 innings that season — his last as a professional ballplayer. The Cougars were affiliated with the Florida Marlins at that time.
TinCaps keep winning
The Fort Wayne TinCaps swept the Cedar Rapids Kernels over the weekend. They have won eight consecutive games and their last 13 home games. The longest home winning streak in franchise history is 15, set in 2009 — the year Fort Wayne won its only Midwest League championship.
The TinCaps are in first place in the Eastern Division, leading the Bowling Green Hot Rods and the South Bend Cubs by seven games.
Roenicke joins Dodgers coaching staff
Reports this afternoon indicated that former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will replace Lorenzo Bundy as third-base coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was fired by the Brewers in May after compiling a 342-331 record as skipper.
Roenicke began his playing career in the Midwest League, splitting time between first base and the outfield for the 1977 Clinton Dodgers. He batted .256 with 5 HR, 25 RBI and 14 SB in 76 games.
Bundy managed the Burlington Bees to a 55-82 record in 1994.