PLAYER - Mitch Jones, 1b/of, Las Vegas. In a week in which the bats of both Blake DeWitt and Josh Bell revved up noticeably, it still has to be Jones who has become the hottest hitter in the Pacific Coast League. He had 10 straight at-bats in which he reached base safely, has slugged a home run in each of his last four games and has driven in 11 runs over the past week.
He was 11- for-25 during that stretch and his now the league leader in RBI with 47 and tied for the home run lead (with former Dodger farmhand Craig Brazill), both with 14. He also ripped two doubles during his torrid streak, raising his batting average to .303 in the process.
PITCHER - William Juarez, rhp, Las Vegas. Promoted from Jacksonville, Juarez wasn't much in his first start for the 51's. In his second effort, though, he was almost perfect. Facing Portland on May 26, he walked the first man to face him but then over six innings gave up only one other walk in a 100-pitch no-hit performance. He struck out 10 along the way, using his curve and changing speeds in excellent fashion.
The 26-year-old from Nicaragua is now 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA after reporting to Las Vegas.
Jones, Juarez - Players of the Week
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