Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Ethan Clark was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week Monday before the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to the Miami Marlins the same day.
Clark was honored for the week of June 19-25, a period that included three days off for the Midwest League All-Star break. He made one start, giving up only one hit and one walk while striking out a career-high nine batters in six innings against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Saturday.
On Monday he was traded with fellow prospect Braxton Lee (a Double-A outfielder) to the Marlins for MLB shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
Clark went 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 18 walks in 55 innings (12 games/nine starts) for the Hot Rods this season. He reportedly will be assigned to the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League, which is Low-A like the MWL.
Siri named MWL player of week
Dayton Dragons outfielder Jose Siri was named the Midwest League offensive player of the week for the period of June 19-25. During that time he batted .444 (8-for-18) with three homers, three doubles, five runs scored, five runs batted in, one walk, and two stolen bases in four games.
Per Monday’s Dragons press box notes, Siri is batting .354 with eight homers in his last 27 games (since May 21), raising his batting average from .218 to .274 and his slugging percentage from .303 to .473. Over his last seven games, Siri is 13-for-31 (.419 BA) with four home runs and a slugging percentage of .968. Siri ranks second in the league in stolen bases with 23.
Siri most recently homered Sunday, in a game against the Captains. Lake County beat Dayton 15-6 in that contest, led by catcher Logan Ice’s two-homer, seven-RBI performance. The Captains also got a homer and four RBI from shortstop Luke Wakamatsu, and a homer and three RBI from centerfielder Junior Soto. Lake County’s Gavin Collins and Dayton’s Michael Beltre each had three hits in the game.