ZEBULON — Bryson Myles has carried his weight and then some during the Carolina Mudcats’ recent hot streak.
The 23-year-old outfielder entered Tuesday’s game against the Potomac Nationals on a 17-game hitting streak. He extended that span to 18 games with a 2-run, go-ahead triple to the wall in left field.
The swat gave the Mudcats a 5-4 victory and clinched their series with the P-Nats, and propelled Carolina (24-18, 46-44 after the win) into first place in the Southern Division standings in the second half.
Beyond being a career best for Myles, the 18-game hit streak marked the longest by a player in the Cleveland Indians system this year. He had already set that bar when he reached the 17-game milestone, one that tied for the third longest streak on the Carolina Mudcats’ all-time list.
Myles’ hot hitting from July 29-Aug. 5 earned him honors as the Indians’ Minor League Player of the Week.
The Tyler, Texas, native ranked fifth among Carolina League batters during that time. He averaged .409 at the plate, swinging for two doubles and a triple and producing three RBI and as many runs scored. He also had his third, three-hit outing of the season Aug. 1 against Frederick – his second multi-hit game of the week.
Through Wednesday, Myles was batting .288 over 65 games and 236 at bats. He had tallied 42 RBI, 15 doubles, 10 stolen bases and seven home runs.
Myles’s .302 batting average in 2011 ranked fifth in the New York-Penn League. He was selected by Cleveland in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft that year out of Stephen F. Austin College.