Bowling Green Hot Rods shortstop Wander Franco and Peoria Chiefs RHP Tommy Parsons respectively were named the Midwest League’s offensive player and pitcher of the week for April 22-28.
Franco — one of the top prospects in baseball — batted .429 (9-for-21) with three homers, three doubles, three walks, five RBI, seven runs scored, and one stolen base in six games during that period. The Tampa Bay Rays prospect is batting .311 with 11 extra-base hits, 10 RBI, 11 walks and four stolen bases in 20 games with the Hot Rods this season.
Parsons was dominant in his lone start for the Chiefs last week. He pitched a nine-inning shutout against the Quad Cities River Bandits on April 22, scattering two hits and three walks while striking out six batters. His most recent start was against the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday; he allowed only three hits and walked none while striking out three in five scoreless innings. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect is 4-0 with a 0.26 ERA, 26 strikeouts and five walks in 35 innings/five starts for the Chiefs this season.