June 8, 2009 - International League (IL)
The International League announced today that Gwinnett infielder Wes Timmons and Louisville pitcher Homer Bailey have been named the League\'s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 1-7. Bailey is now a two-time Player of the Week (April 20-26), and along with teammates Drew Stubbs (May 4-10) and Matt Maloney (May 11-17) gives Louisville a League-best four weekly awards this season. Timmons becomes the second Gwinnett player to be so honored, joining Charlie Morton (April 9-12).
WES TIMMONS, Gwinnett Braves IL BATTER OF THE WEEK
Braves infielder Wes Timmons entered last week hitting just .212 on the season. He then proceeded to bang out 14 hits over the last seven games, enough to comfortably lead the IL for the week (no one else had more than 10). Timmons hit at a blistering .519 clip and led the League with 8 runs scored,
5 doubles, and a .606 on-base percentage. He was 2nd in the IL with 3 stolen bases and 6 extra-base hits. Timmons now owns a 9-game hitting streak, and in the course of one week he improved his batting average nearly 70 points.
29-year-old Wes Timmons was selected by Atlanta in the 12th round of the 2002 draft. He spent the majority of the last three seasons with Richmond, hitting .262 with 13 HR and 104 RBI in 272 games for the R-Braves. While in Richmond he won the Clint Courtney Award (as the most competitive Brave) and the Shirley Allday Award (as the most popular Brave). Timmons is a native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
G AVG H AB R 2B 3B HR RBI SLUG BB SB
Week: 7 .519 14 27 8 5 1 0 2 .777 6 3
Season: 51 .275 36 131 25 10 1 0 13 .366 27 7
HOMER BAILEY, Louisville Bats IL PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Right-hander Homer Bailey was the League\'s only pitcher to win two games without allowing a run last week, also leading the circuit with 14 strikeouts and finishing 2nd with 14.2 innings pitched. Tuesday night in Pawtucket Bailey squared off against top Red Sox prospect Michael Bowden. Bailey turned in a masterpiece, limiting Pawtucket to four singles and two walks in 8.0 innings while striking out eight. Just once did the Red Sox manage to get a runner to third base as the Bats cruised to a
6-0 victory. Last night against Lehigh Valley, Bailey threw 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and striking out six with no walks to pick up his sixth win of the season.
23-year-old Homer Bailey was a 1st round draft choice of Cincinnati in 2004. He made his first Major League start of the 2009 season on May 23 against Cleveland, allowing six runs in 4.1 innings (no decision). Since returning to Louisville, Bailey has won three straight games and given up only two runs in 20.2 innings. Bailey is a native of La Grange, Texas.
G GS CG SHO W-L ERA IP H R ER BB K SV
Week: 2 2 0 0 2-0 0.00 14.2 11 0 0 2 14 0
Season: 11 11 2 1 6-5 3.41 66.0 68 31 25 22 58 0