Wiel drives in 7 on final day to win MWL RBI title

Cedar Rapids Kernels first baseman Zander Wiel drove in seven runs on the final day of the regular season to win the Midwest League RBI title. He finished with five more RBI than Bowling Green Hot Rods catcher Brett Sullivan and South Bend Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez.

Six of Wiel’s RBI came on home runs: a two-run shot in the 4th inning and a grand slam in the 7th inning. Cedar Rapids won the game handily, beating the Clinton LumberKings 12-2.

Wiel finished the season with 19 homers, one less than league leader Isan Diaz of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Kernels second baseman Luis Arraez won the MWL batting title with a .347 average. West Michigan Whitecaps first baseman Will Maddox finished second with a .339 batting average. Maddox led the league with 173 hits (in 511 at-bats), followed by Arraez with 165 hits (in 475 at-bats).

Luis Arraez

Cedar Rapids Kernels second baseman Luis Arraez won the Midwest League batting title. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Peoria Chiefs outfielder Magneuris Sierra led the league with 78 runs scored. Hot Rods first baseman Michael Russell finished second with 76 runs, followed by Sullivan and Wiel with 75 runs each.

Chiefs second baseman Eliezer Alvarez led the league with 36 stolen bases, one more than Whitecaps outfielder Derek Hill. Sierra and Quad Cities River Bandits outfielder Kyle Tucker each had 31 SB.

Hot Rods third baseman Kevin Padlo drew the most walks (79). Diaz and Cubs catcher P.J. Higgins tied for the second-most walks (72).

Fort Wayne TinCaps first baseman Brad Zunica struck out the most, fanning 156 times. Three players (Diaz, Beloit Snappers outfielder Justin Higley and Lake County Captains first baseman Anthony Miller) struck out 148 times.

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