ZEBULON — Carolina Mudcats center fielder Tyler Naquin and pitcher Nick Pasquale were named the Carolina League’s top hitter and pitcher, respectively, for the week of July 21-28.
Naquin, 22, recorded a hit in seven consecutive games, including home runs in the back-to-back games played July 23-24. The Spring, Texas, native and former Texas A&M University Aggie ended the week with an 8-for-22 mark at the plate.
Naquin posted a .346 batting average, an on-base percentage of .440, and an on-base plus slugging average of .636 for the week. He scored six runs and punched in the same amount along the way.
Through 97 games this season, Naquin’s 116 hits were the most in the Carolina League. His 176 total bases and six triples at that point ranked second, and his 64 runs scored were good for a tie for fifth in the league. His batting average of .286 also ranked in the top 10.
Naquin, who was named to the Carolina League All-Star team this season, was selected by the Cleveland Indians as the 15th overall pick in the first round of the 2012 Amateur Draft.
Francisco Lindor, who was recently promoted to Double-A Akron, is the only other Mudcats player to receive the Carolina League hitting honors this season.
Also 22 years old, Pasquale pitched 13 innings and allowed just one run on eight hits as he recorded two wins on the week.
He claimed the July 21 win in a start against Wilmington, shutting out the Blue Rocks for six innings. On July 26, he held Winston-Salem to three hits and one unearned run as he struck out three.
Pasquale posted a 2.78 ERA as he built a 3-1 record in his first five starts in July.
The 6-foot, 190-pound right hander began the season with Lake County, where he served as a reliever and held his opposition to a .208 average. His combined count with Carolina and Lake County includes a 3-6 record and 3.80 ERA in 23 outings, including 15 starts.
Pasquale, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif., was a 20th round pick by Indians in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.