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McBride earns Indians weekly honor

By Stephanie Published: May 31, 2011

The Indians selected Aeros 1B/OF Matt McBride as Tribe's Minor League Player of the Week for the week of May 22-28. Over that span, the 26-year old batted .370 (10-for-27) with four runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in seven games with Akron. He also collected four multi-hit games and had an OPS of 1.100 (.433 on-base percentage, .667 slugging percentage).

So far this season, McBride is batting .269 with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 26 RBI in 52 games. He is currently tied for seventh in the Eastern League in home runs, 14th in slugging percentage, tied for 14th in RBI and 20th in OPS.

A native of Bethlehem, Pa., McBride was the Indians sandwich selection (75th overall) between the second and third rounds of the 2006 draft out of Lehigh University, where he earned a degree in political science. Originally drafted as a catcher, McBride was converted to an outfielder/first baseman prior to the 2009 season. Last season, he finished secondd among all Indians farmhands in HR (21) and was 4th in RBI (75).

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