Not to be done by fellow prospects Zach Eflin, the International League Pitcher of the Week, or Jorge Alfaro, the Eastern League Player of the Week, Mitch Walding went on an early season power surge to win the Player of the Week honors in the Florida State League.
The 23-year old third baseman hit five home runs and drove in 11 for the period of April 7-17 to win the award. He also reached base safely in all 10 of the games he played and his .417 average during a seven-game period helped the Clearwater Threshers to post a seven-game winning streak. On the season, Walding is hitting .268 with a .354 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage. Walding opened the season with a 1-for-13 (.077), but then found his groove during the next seven games.
The five home runs have him just two shy of his career record, which he set with lakewood in 2014 when he produced a line of 7-55-.237/.308/.372 with the BlueClaws. Last season, Walding hit four home runs with Clearwater and drove in 31, hitting .233 over 120 games with the Threshers.