May 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Rubby De La Rosa and Greenville second baseman Mookie Betts (pictured) garnered more than 80 percent of the community vote en route to earning this week's SoxProspects.com Pitcher and Player of the Week awards. Both players receive the honors for the first time in their careers.
De La Rosa, SoxProspects.com's fifth ranked prospect, continued his recent dominance this week despite an increased workload. After pitching just 12 2/3 innings in five April starts as a result of a 50-pitch limit, De La Rosa tossed a pair of four-innings outing this week. He struck out 13 while allowing just four hits and walking two over those eight innings, and saw his pitch limit increased to 70 as he tossed 72 pitches in his latest outing on May 11. The 24-year-old has not surrendered a run since April 18, a period which spans over 14 innings (four starts). He's struck out 19 and walked just four over that stretch.
Betts, who also was named this week's South Atlantic League Player of the Week, burst onto the scene this week with 12 hits, including three doubles and three home runs, and six walks in 32 plate appearances for the Drive. The 20-year-old increased his average by 79 points, his on-base percentage by 50 points, and his slugging percentage by 159 points after this week's excellence, as he entered May 6 with a .150/.343/.263 slash line but now owns a slash line of .229/.393/.422 for the season.
Honorable mentions, batters:
Mark Hamilton (PAW) International League Batter of the Week
Tony Thomas (POR)
Garin Cecchini (SAL) Carolina League Batter of the Week
David Chester (GRE)
Honorable mentions, pitchers:
Chris Hernandez (PAW)
Graham Godfrey (PAW)
Matt Barnes (POR)
Austin Maddox (GRE)
Photo Credit: Mookie Betts by Kelly O'Conner
Kevin Pereira is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twittter @kevinrpereira.