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May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Players of the Week, May 13-19: Mookie Betts and Matt Price

The two lowest affiliates currently in play are represented in this week's Pitcher and Player of the Week, as the SoxProspects community voted for Greenville's second baseman Mookie Betts and Salem right-hander Matt Price (pictured) to take home the weekly honors. This marks back-to-back weeks in which Betts has received the accolade, while Price earns the award for the first time in his career.

After not hitting a single home run in 251 at-bats with Lowell last season, Betts increased his 2013 home run total to seven after belting two in 24 at-bats with the Drive this week. He also contributed two doubles, five walks and four steals. The 20-year-old is currently riding a 16-game hitting streak in which he's hitting .403/.500/.742 with five home runs, six doubles and 12 walks. In 23 games prior to the streak, Betts hit .145/.340/.263 with two home runs, one double and 23 walks.

Price, who's the first reliever to earn a SoxProspects weekly award this year, pitched six scoreless innings, while striking out eight without walking a batter in three appearances for Salem this week. The 23-year-old permitted just three hits in 20 at-bats (.150) during that span. Price enjoyed a nice turnaround this week since he allowed seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings across two games prior to May 13. He now has 16 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings this season.

Honorable mentions, batters:

Jonathan Diaz (PAW)
Travis Shaw (POR)
Peter Hissey (POR)
Garin Cecchini (SAL)

Honorable mentions, pitchers:

Chris Martin (PAW)
Ryan Rowland-Smith (PAW)
Kyle Kraus (GRE)
Yunior Ortega (GRE)

Photo Credit: Mathew Price by Kelly O'Connor

Kevin Pereira is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevinrpereira.