Clinton LumberKings outfielder Peyton Burdick and Dayton Dragons LHP Connor Curlis respectively were named the Midwest League offensive player and pitcher of the week for August 5-11.
In seven games during that period, Burdick batted .394 (13-for-33) with two homers, six doubles, one walk, 12 runs batted in, and five runs scored. After winning the award Monday, he played an afternoon game in which he hit two homers and drove in six runs in a 7-0 win over the Peoria Chiefs. He now has a 10-game hitting streak. A third-round draft pick of the Miami Marlins this year, Burdick is batting .319 with 28 extra-base hits and 49 RBI in 47 games with the LumberKings.
Burdick is also one of two Midwest League players named to MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week for the same period. The other is Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Gilberto Celestino, who batted .419 (13-for-31) with two homers, two doubles, two walks, three stolen bases, four RBI, and five runs scored in seven games. He went 5-for-5 against the Beloit Snappers on Saturday. The Minnesota Twins prospect is batting .276 with 35 extra-base hits, 48 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 111 games with the Kernels this season.
Curlis made two starts during the past week, with his standout game coming August 5 vs. the Lake County Captains. He allowed only two hits in six shutout innings, striking out 10, and walking none. His second start was on Saturday vs. the Lansing Lugnuts. He allowed five hits and two unearned runs while striking out four and walking none in 5.2 innings. The Cincinnati Reds prospect is 4-4 with a 2.47 ERA, 58 strikeouts, and 23 walks in 58.1 innings (13 games/11 starts) for the Dragons this season.