August 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Portland's Jeremy Hazelbaker hit three home runs and posted an 1.298 OPS last week while Greenville's Brandon Workman hurled seven shutout innings, earning them both SoxProspects.com Player and Pitcher of the Week honors.
In addition to his three home runs Hazelbaker added a double, going 12-for-27 and taking a base-on-balls for an impressive .444/.483/.815 line, scoring three runs and batting in seven. Hazelbaker's standout performance of the week came when he went four-for-five with two home runs and five runs batted in at Reading (Phillies), August 25. On the season he is hitting .273/.365/.444 in 462 at-bats (126 hits) over 120 games combined with Salem (34 games) and Portland (86 games) with 16 home runs, 27 doubles, two triples and 47 stolen bases. He was also named Eastern League Player of the Week for the same period.
Brandon Workman took the mound August 26 against Augusta (Giants) and held them to two hits in his seven innings of work, stranding them both, and striking out five while walking none and earning the win. This is Workman's second Pitcher of the Week award in 2011 as he was also so honored for May 16-22. Workman owns a 5-7 record in 2011 with a 3.74 ERA, allowing 52 earned runs on 122 hits, for a .259 opponents' average, with 111 strikeouts and 33 walks in 125 innings pitched over 25 starts. He is currently the 28th ranked prospect in the organization by SoxProspects.com, Hazelbaker is ranked 30th.