Monster Week Propels Willie Cabrera to American Association Pointstreak Player of the WeekST. PAUL, MN August 18, 2014
MONSTER WEEK PROPELS WILLIE CABRERA TO AMERICAN ASSOCIATION POINTSTREAK PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ST. PAUL, MN (August 18, 2014) – With each swing of the bat Willie Cabrera launched ball after ball over the wall. When all was said and done Cabrera smashed five home runs for the St. Paul Saints in just five games and that, along with all the other numbers he put up, was enough to give him the American Association Pointstreak Player of the Week for the week of August 11-17. This is the first weekly hitter award for the Saints since July 12-18, 2010 when Josh Alley received the award.
The 28-year-old Cabrera, who has been on a tear for the better part of the last six weeks, began the week by hitting three homers against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on August 12, tying a Saints franchise record. He finished the week by hitting a two-run home run on Sunday afternoon against the New Jersey Jackals. Overall he went 9-20 (.450) with five home runs, nine RBI and scored five runs in five games. He collected two, three-hit games and three multi-hit games during the week.
On the season Cabrera is hitting .328 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI in 66 games. In 262 at bats he has scored 43 runs, has 18 doubles, a .397 on base percentage and a team high .511 slugging percentage. Cabrera stands fourth all-time in Saints history in home runs with 34 only behind Ole Sheldon (67), David Kennedy (54) and Brent Krause (41).
Cabrera’s season has been highlighted by a career high 19 game hitting streak from July 12-August 7, hitting .422 in that span, and reaching base safely in 23 consecutive games from July 12-August 12. He also collected an extra base hit in seven straight games from July 31-August 7. On July 20 against Laredo Cabrera hit a walk-off two-run double.
This is the third season Cabrera has played for the Saints and last year he hit .317 with 13 homers and 63 RBI, both power numbers were the second most in his career, in 85 games. In 315 at bats he scored 50 runs, slugged 24 doubles and had career highs in slugging percentage (.517) and on base percentage (.382).
In his first season with the Saints in 2012 Cabrera hit .313 with 11 homeruns and 56 RBI while playing 72 games. In 284 at bats he scored 48 runs, had 13 doubles while striking out just 24 times. He slugged .475 and had a .354 on base percentage. He tied a career high with five RBI on August 21 vs. the Rockland Boulders.
Cabrera began his career in the Braves organization and was a 14th round draft and follow in 2005. After hitting over .300 in rookie ball in 2006 he spent 2007 at Single-A and High-A. He hit a career high 16 homers between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Mississippi in 2008. After spending all of 2009 at Double-A, he saw some time in Triple-A in 2010 & 2011.
Cabrera spent the 2012 season between the Atlanta Braves Double-A team in Mississippi and Triple-A club in Gwinnett. Between the two stops he hit .256 with five homers and 50 RBI in 102 games. In 395 at bats he scored 48 runs, had 13 doubles, five triples, a .303 on base percentage and a .352 slugging percentage. He struck out just 38 times all season.
This is the first American Association Poinstreak Player of the Week Award for the Saints this season and second weekly award, with Anthony Claggett being named Pitcher of the Week in the first week of the season.
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