Peoria Chiefs infielder Juan Yepez and Beloit Snappers RHP Bryce Conley respectively were named the Midwest League’s offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of April 5-15.
Yepez leads the Midwest League with a .500 batting average, 15 hits, 11 runs batted in, and 25 total bases. He ranks second in on-base percentage (.543) and slugging percentage (.833). He’s gotten some big hits for the Chiefs in his nine games this season, including a grand slam Friday and a walk-off double in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.
The Venezuela native turned 20 in February. This is his second season with the Chiefs, having batted .260 with seven homers, 16 doubles and 47 RBI in 80 MWL games last year.
Conley was the starting pitcher in Beloit’s combined no-hitter in Burlington on Thursday. He walked one and struck out four in six innings of that game. In his only other appearance this season, he also walked one, struck out four, and allowed no hits, in a four-inning save vs. the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on April 7. His 0.20 WHIP leads the Midwest League.
Beloit is the first full-season assignment for the 23-year-old Georgia native, who pitched 25 innings in the short-season New York-Penn League last year.