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August 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Players of the Week, August 19-25: Mookie Betts and Myles Smith


In what was one of the closest votes of the season, GCL Red Sox right-hander Myles Smith earns SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week for the week, edging former Red Sox Clayton Mortensen by a single vote. Meanwhile, Salem infielder Mookie Betts (pictured) earns his fourth SoxProspects.com Player of the Week award in what has become a season to remember for the former fifth rounder.

Betts, who also took home Carolina League Player of the Week honors, batted .457/.513/.857 over 39 plate appearances last week with a triple, three doubles, three home runs and five walks (one intentional). His season-long reign of terror over opposing pitchers hasn't skipped a beat following his July 9 promotion to Salem, as the 20-year-old is hitting .321/.392/.536 in 190 plate appearances in High-A. Combined with his Greenville slash line of .296/.418/.477, the second baseman is batting .306/.409/.499 for the year.

Smith, a fourth round pick in this year's First-Year Player draft, pitched five near-perfect innings over two games last week, the lone blemish was a hit batter amid seven strikeouts and no walks. The 21-year-old has allowed just one hit over eight innings in his first professional season, striking out nine while walking none.

Honorable mentions, batters:

Bryce Brentz (PAW/GCL)
Sean Coyle (SAL)
Manuel Margot (LOW)
Blake Swihart (SAL)

Honorable mentions, pitchers:

Anthony Carter (PAW)
Jacob Dahlstrand (GRE)
Joe Gunkel (LOW)
Clayton Mortensen (PAW)

Photo Credit: Mookie Betts by Kelly O'Connor 

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

 
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