CLEVELAND, OH-The Cleveland Indians today announced Carolina INF GIOVANNY URSHELA has been named the club’s Minor League Player of the Week, August 6-13. In addition to this honor, yesterday he was named the Carolina League Hitter of the Week.
Urshela, 20, hit .483 (14-29) with 5 2B, 3 HR and 6 RBI throughout the week, while posting a 1.466 OPS (.500 on-base pct, .966 slugging pct.). On August 7 at Salem, Urshela went 3-for-4 with double, HR and 3 RBI in Carolina’s 6-2 win and followed that up with a 3-hit game the next night with 2 more doubles, a HR and an RBI. For the 2012 season he is batting .279 (102-366) with 44 runs scored, 26 doubles, 10 home runs and 52 RBI while posting a .744 OPS (.312 on-base pct., .432 slugging pct.). He is batting .400 (20-50) in the month of August, raising his season average from .259 to the current .279 mark.
The Cartagena, Colombia native was signed as a Non-Drafted Free Agent on July 2, 2008. In 2011, Urshela ranked 4th in the Midwest League in at-bats (505). In 2010, posted a career high .290 batting average in 58 games with Mahoning Valley.