Alcides Escobar Named SL Hitter-of-the-Week

(HUNTSVILLE) - Huntsville Stars shortstop Alcides Escobar went 14-for-27 at the plate to earn Southern League player-of-the-week honors for the second time this season.

Escobar, now the minor league leader in hits (164), passed slumping teammate Mat Gamel for the top spot. Gamel has hit just .141 since the Southern League All-Star break.

Escobar hit a 2-run homer off Southern League Pitcher-of-the-Week Tommy Hanson in an eventual loss to Mississippi on August 4.

Two days later, the All-Star shortstop had two hits and stole three bases in a 3-1 victory at Pringles Park, establishing a career high in steals (31).

Coming off two hits on both Friday and Saturday, the Venezuelan native collected four hits (three singles and a double) in Sunday's 13-7 victory.

Known more for his excellent defense than his offense entering this season, Escobar (.343) trails only teammate Angel Salome (.345) in the SL batting race.

He also needs 23 hits in Huntsville's final 20 games to equal the Southern League record for hits in a season, established by Kevin Rhomberg in 1981.