Indianapolis Indians outfielder Brett Carroll has been named the International League’s Batter of the Week for the period of April 8-14. Among qualified hitters, Carroll’sÂ .588 batting average was the best in all Minor League baseball during the week, while his .650 on-base percentage ranked as the second best.
In a week in which the Indians saw several impressive pitching performances on their way to taking over sole possession of first place in the IL West Division, it was the bat of OF Brett Carroll that perhaps played an even more pivotal role.
After failing to collect a hit in his first two contests of the season, Carroll began his turn around in his first at-bat of the new week. On Monday, April 8, after Tribe CF Darren Ford led of the bottom of the first against Toledo with a triple, Carroll connected on a two-run home run over the left field fence that ultimately proved to be the difference in the Tribe’s 3-1 win over the Mud Hens.
Once Carroll began his career in an Indianapolis uniform with a bang, the IL veteran just continued to hit, collecting multiple base knocks in three straight games (April 8-10). The power surge also continued for Carroll as the Indians headed to Columbus, where the right handed slugger connected on two more home runs in the two games in which he played.
Overall, Carroll collected at least one hit and drove in at least one run in each game he played during the week to finish with a League best .588 batting average, 1.118 slugging percentage and nine RBI. He also finished with second most home runs (3) and second best on-base percentage (.650) in the League during the span as well.
Carroll is the first Tribe batter to win the IL Batter of the Week award since current Pirates LF Starling Marte took home the honors for Indianapolis during the week of June 25-July 2 last season.
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