OFFICIAL IRONPIGS NEWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2013
IRONPIGS INF CESAR HERNANDEZ NAMED I.L. BATTER OF THE WEEK
(Allentown, PA) – Lehigh Valley INF Cesar Hernandez was named International League Batter of the Week for July 1-7, as announced earlier today. During the period, the 23-year-old Hernandez batted .375-0-3 while recording three stolen bases, scoring four runs and leading the league with 12 hits.
The native of Valencia, Venezuela, started his week with a four-hit game on July 1 (his second such performance in three days) and later turned in two-hit efforts on Thursday and Sunday. He is currently ranked 11th in the league in batting average (.309) while leading the IL in triples (7) and listing third in stolen bases (26). He has also hit safely in nine of his last 10 games overall (18-41, .439-0-4, 6 R, 3 SB).
Additionally, Hernandez displayed his versatility by starting in centerfield twice during the week. Prior to these two games, the native second baseman had played just one game in the outfield during his pro career – and that was in his first season in 2007 in the Venezuelan Summer League.
Last Wednesday, Hernandez was selected to the 2013 IL All-Star team. Previously, he was a starting second baseman in the 2012 Eastern League (AA) All-Star Game and was also a member of the 2010 New York-Penn League (R) All-Star team. He also made his Major League debut earlier this year, posting a .250 average in nine games with Philadelphia.
Hernandez becomes the first IronPigs player to win the IL Batter of the Week in 2013 and the sixth all-time. Andy Tracy, who won the award three times, is the only multiple winner.
Previously, the IronPigs have had two representatives named IL Pitcher of the Week this season – LHP Adam Morgan on April 15and RHP Ethan Martin on July 1.
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Director, Media Relations & Broadcasting
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Triple-A Affiliate, 2011 N.L. East Champion Philadelphia Phillies