July 5, 2010 - International League (IL)
The International League announced today that Buffalo outfielder Lucas Duda and Gwinnett pitcher Todd Redmond have been named the League\'s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 28-July 4. Each player is the third on his respective ballclub to receive an IL weekly award in 2010. Duda follows Mike Hessman (April 26-May 2) and Jesus Feliciano (May 17-23) while Redmond joins Chris Resop (May 10-16) and Matt Young (June 21-27).
It was just his third week with Buffalo since being promoted from Double-A Binghamton on June 14, but Bisons left fielder Lucas Duda led the International League with five home runs, 11 RBI, and a 1.000 slugging percentage this week and made headlines by homering in five consecutive games. He hit a three-run home run on Monday in Charlotte and hit solo shots on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field. Duda then hit a solo home run in Thursday\'s series opener against Rochester before going deep again on Friday night when he knocked one over the right-center field wall in the 3rd inning. That blast made him just the fifth player in the 125-year history of the Buffalo franchise to hit home runs in five consecutive games. The most recent to do so was Andy Marte in June of 2006.
24-year-old Lucas Duda is in his fourth season of professional baseball after being chosen by the Mets in the 7th round of the 2007 draft. He was hitting .286 with six homers and 34 RBI in 45 games with Binghamton this season before being promoted to Buffalo. Duda is a native of Fontana, California.