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Eatern League Announces Weekly Award Winners

April 20, 2009 - Eastern League (EL1) News Release

PORTLAND, ME - The Eastern League is pleased to announce the winners of the Eastern League Player of the Week Award and Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Award for the week ending April 19th:

Portland Sea Dogs third baseman Jorge Jimenez has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending April 19th. The 24-year old is off to an outstanding start for the Sea Dogs, hitting .389 (14-for-36) with two doubles, one triple, one home run, 11 RBI, five runs scored, four walks and a .583 slugging percentage in 10 games this season. Jimenez, who is a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, had a seven-game hitting streak from April 11th-18th during which he hit .538 and drove in at least one run in each of the seven games. He had five multiple hits games during the streak, including going 4-for-5 with one homer, three RBI and two runs scored in a 12-4 victory at Binghamton on April 18th. The 6'1", 210 lb. slugger is currently ranked second in the league in batting, tied for second in RBI, tied for third in hits, tied for sixth in total bases (21), ranked seventh in OPS (1.033) and eighth in on-base percentage (.450). Jorge, who was selected as the third baseman on the 2008 California League All-Star Team after hitting .352 with 47 runs scored and 42 RBI in 70 games with the Lancaster JetHawks last year, was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 15th round of the 2006 draft out of Porterville College in California.

Alfredo Figaro, a right-handed starting pitcher for the Erie SeaWolves, is the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 19th. The 6'0", 175 lb. hurler has made two starts for the SeaWolves this year and is 1-0 with nine strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched. Figaro, who is a native of Samana, Dominican Republic, made his Double-A debut against Altoona on April 10th at Jerry Uht Park and did not allow a run over 5.2 innings of work. He struck out four batters and walked one while earning a no-decision in the game, which Erie went on to win 2-0. The 24-year old was even more impressive in his second start of the season on Thursday at Blair County Ballpark, not allowing a hit over seven scoreless innings while striking out five batters and walking three against the Curve. The bullpen lost the no-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning but held on for a 3-0 victory. Figaro, who was named the right-handed starter on the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Team after posting a record of 12-2 with 96 strikeouts and a 2.05 ERA in 19 starts for the West Michigan White Caps, is currently tied for first in the league in ERA and ranked third in WHIP (0.71). Alfredo was signed by the Detroit Tigers as a minor league free agent on March 7, 2005.

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