Kane County Cougars RHP Connor Grey and Lansing Lugnuts first baseman David Jacob respectively were named the Midwest League pitcher and offensive player of the week for the period of Aug. 28 to Sept. 4.
Grey was an obvious choice for pitcher of the week after he threw the first perfect game in the Midwest League since 2004. He struck out eight batters in the nine-inning contest.
The Arizona Diamondbacks prospect made seven starts for the Cougars this season, going 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA, two complete games, 39 strikeouts and one walk in 47 innings. He pitched at four different levels of the minors in 2017, cumulatively going 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA, 91 strikeouts and nine walks in 103.1 innings (18 games/17 starts).
In his last seven games of the season, Jacob batted .407 (11-for-27) with two homers, one double, three walks, six runs batted in, and six runs scored. The Toronto Blue Jays prospect played 18 games with the Lugnuts, batting .288 with 3 HR and 14 RBI. He played 43 games across four levels this season (including one game in Triple-A), cumulatively batting .274 with 8 HR and 38 RBI.
New MWL record for Ks
The Fort Wayne TinCaps pitching staff set a new Midwest League record for strikeouts in a single season, ending the 2017 campaign with 1,307 punch-outs — 13 more than the previous record set by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last year.
Only two TinCaps pitchers reached triple digits in strikeouts: RHP Pedro Avila (117 Ks in 85.2 IP) and RHP Hansel Rodriguez (103 Ks in 90 IP).
Interestingly, the TinCaps were not the only San Diego Padres affiliate to set a new league record for strikeouts this year. The San Antonio Missions (Double-A) and the Tri-City Dust Devils (short-season) also did so in the Texas and Northwest leagues, respectively.
QC ties club record for runs
The Quad Cities River Bandits scored seven runs in their last game of the regular season, giving the team a total of 743 runs scored in the 138 games they played this year. That ties their franchise record that was set in 1999.
Ronnie Dawson scored the most runs for the River Bandits (81). Daz Cameron — who was traded to the Detroit Tigers last week and subsequently assigned to the West Michigan Whitecaps — scored the second-most runs for Quad Cities (79).
As I noted last week, both the River Bandits and the Whitecaps are in the playoffs, so it is possible Cameron will play against his former team in the Midwest League Championship Series — if both teams advance that far, of course.
You can see the first-round team matchups and the postseason schedule for all three rounds here.