The Cleveland Indians today announced that Akron INF Giovanny Urshela has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week, April 15-22. The Indians Player of the Week Award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System and is announced each Tuesday.
Urshela, 21, hit .333 (10-30) with 4 doubles, a home run and 7 RBI throughout the week, while posting a .900 OPS (.333 on-base pct./.567 slugging pct.). He recorded four multi-hit games, including April 18 vs. Bowie when he went 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Urshela also belted his first home run of the season on the previous night against Trenton. On the season, he is hitting at a .281 clip (18-64) with 5 doubles, a home run and 8 RBI.
Giovanny was originally signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2008. The 6-0, 197-lb Cartagena, Colombia native notched Minor League Player of the Week honors last season, along with earning the Carolina League Batter of the Week Award for August 6-13. Urshela had his best offensive season as a professional in 2012, hitting .278 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI and 30 doubles through 114 games with the Mudcats. The right-handed hitting and throwing third baseman entered the 2013 campaign rated as having the best infield arm in the Indians organization in Baseball America's Best Tools Survey.