For the second time this season, a Cleveland Indians minor-leaguer was named a player of the week for their respective league. First, it was Mike Papi taking home honors in the Carolina League, and now Giovanny Urshela is being recognized for his fantastic week playing for the Columbus Clippers.
Urshela had a dreadful start to the season, going 0-for-15 in his first six games. Once he finally got going, however, he did not stop. In the past week alone he has tallied 11 hits (at least one hit in every game), a home run, and 10 runs batted in.
If there is a knock on Urshela's game this season, it's that he has not drawn a lot of walks. He only has 3 on the season, two of which came during this recent hot streak. As a result of his lack of free bases, his on-base percentage is just .287 this season.
Urshela spent 81 games with the Indians in 2015, slashing .225/.279/.330 (68 wRC+) while fighting through a shoulder injury. The Tribe sealed his fate for 2016 when they signed veteran third baseman Juan Uribe to a one-year deal in the offseason, but he could still find his way to the majors at some point this season. If not, you can bank on Urshela being in the running for the starting third base job next year, assuming the Indians do not sign another free agent in the offseason.