Fort Wayne TinCaps outfielder Jhonatan Pena and Lake County Captains RHP Matt Esparza respectively were named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of June 20-26.
In four games during that time, Pena batted .313 (5-for-16) with four homers, seven runs batted in, and four runs scored. He homered in the first four TinCaps games after the All-Star break, becoming the first Fort Wayne player to go yard in four consecutive games. In 54 games this season, he is batting .223 with 5 HR and 25 RBI.
Esparza made one start last week, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out 12 batters in seven scoreless innings Saturday. He is 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA, 86 strikeouts and 15 walks in 75 innings (15 games/14 starts).
Esparza also was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week for the period of May 30 to June 5.
Hedges homers in 5 straight
Former TinCaps catcher Austin Hedges has homered in his last five games with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas. He is batting .364 with 9 HR and 27 RBI in 26 games this season.
Hedges played for the TinCaps in 2012, batting .279 with 10 HR, 28 doubles, 56 RBI and 14 SB in 96 games.
Tidwell’s on-base streak ends
TinCaps utility player Kodie Tidwell’s 31-game on-base streak came to an end Sunday when he went 0-for-5 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. It is the longest on-base streak in the Midwest League this season. (The longest MWL hitting streak this season is 24, reached Sunday by Lake County Captains catcher Francisco Mejia, who has since been promoted to High-A.)
During his on-base streak, Tidwell batted .286 with a .393 on-base percentage, 20 walks, three home runs, eight doubles, one triple, 20 runs scored, and 12 RBI. Overall this season, he is batting .239 with 3 HR, 19 RBI, 12 doubles and 28 walks in 58 games.