Cedar Rapids Kernels first baseman Zander Wiel and Peoria Chiefs RHP Ryan Helsley respectively were named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of August 29 to September 5, the final week of the regular season.
In six games during that time, Wiel batted .333 (10-for-30) with four homers, 11 runs batted in, seven runs scored, and one walk. In his last game of the regular season, the Minnesota Twins prospect went 3-for-4 with two homers, seven RBI and a walk. He finished the regular season with a .259 batting average, 19 HR, 86 RBI, 55 walks and 125 strikeouts in 128 games. He led the league in RBI and finished second in home runs (one behind Isan Diaz of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers).
Helsley made one start last week, against the Beloit Snappers on Friday. He gave up only one hit while striking out 13 batters in 6.2 innings. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, a 1.61 ERA, 109 strikeouts, 19 walks, a 1.01 WHIP and a .216 opponents’ batting average in 95 innings (17 starts).
Both players are previous winners of weekly Midwest League awards. Helsley was the pitcher of the week for April 18-24. Wiel was the offensive player of the week for July 11-17. Wiel also was named the Midwest League player of the month for July.