Aeros left fielder Nick Weglarz was named the Eastern League Player of the Week Monday for the period ending May 17th, becoming the first Aeros player this season to win a weekly honor.
Over that span, Weglarz batted .458 (11-for-24) with three doubles, a home run, six runs scored and tied for second in the league with eight RBI. He also recorded a pair of two-hit games during Sunday’s doubleheader at Altoona, and now has nine multi-hit outings on the season.
"Me and (Aeros hitting coach) Lee (May Jr.) have been working in the cage a lot," Weglarz said before the Aeros left for a seven-game road trip last week. "We've been doing different drills to try and find something that works and made a couple of adjustments (in his batting stance) that have been working out for me."
Weglarz was also the hero in Friday’s win as his three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the deciding factor in the Aeros 5-3 victory. Weglarz, the Indians’ 3rd-round selection in the 2005 draft, entered the season rated as the organization’s No. 3 prospect by Baseball America.
After starting the season a mere 3-for-48 at the plate, Weglarz caught fire as the calendar turned to May. The 21-year old has led the team in nearly every statistical category in the 14 May games played so far: 20 hits, six doubles, 10 walks, a .544 on-base percentage, a .778 slugging percentage and 20 RBI are all team highs.
Overall, Weglarz leads the club with 26 RBI (fifth in the league) and is tied for sixth in walks (20) and tied for seventh in runs scored (21).
DID YOU KNOW: The Aeros are off to their best start in franchise history and their 27-8 record is the best mark in all of professional baseball. They are in first place in the Eastern League Southern Division, 5 1/2 games ahead of second-place Erie...Weglarz had a five-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, but still owns an 11-game on-base streak that remains intact and is tied for the second longest streak for an Aeros player this season.
GOODBYE RANDY: The Indians traded the Aeros all-time saves leader and RHP Randy Newsom to the Pittsburgh Pirates before Sunday’s game in Altoona for a player to be named.
Newsom did not have to go far to get to his new team, simply crossing the field to the other dugout with the Curve being the Pirates Double-A club. Altoona wasted little time pitting Newsom against his former team, as he took the loss after tossing just 1/3 of an inning late in the second game of Sunday’s double header sweep by Akron. The side-armer allowed three runs on one hit and two walks.
UP NEXT: After enjoying a rare day off Monday, the Aeros get back to work today when they begin a three-game series in Trenton against the defending Eastern League champions at 7:05 p.m. at Waterfront Park...The series marks a rematch of the last two E.L. Finals - both won by Trenton.