International League Names Players of the Week
August 20, 2018 - International League (IL) News Release
The International League announced today that Rochester first baseman Kennys Vargas and Gwinnett right-handed starter Bryse Wilson have been named the League's Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period from August 13-19. Vargas is the second member of the Red Wings to claim an IL weekly award this season, joining pitcher Stephen Gonsalves (April 30-May 6), while Wilson is the fourth member of the Stripers to be so honored, following Dustin Peterson (April 23-29), Danny Santana (May 21-27), and Lucas Sims (July 2-8).
KENNYS VARGAS, Rochester Red Wings IL BATTER OF THE WEEK Red Wings slugger Kennys Vargas hit .379 over the past week and led the International League with four homers, eleven RBI, and an .828 slugging percentage. His fourth long ball of the week on Sunday was his 49th career blast with Rochester, propelling him past Trevor Plouffe into 2nd place on
the list of most home runs by a Red Wings player during the era as a Twins affiliate (since 2003). Vargas collected multiple hits four times this week, including a pair of three-hit games. The highlight came in Thursday's 15-2 drubbing of Toledo in which he went 3-5 with a homer and 5 RBI. Vargas now has 19 home runs this season, tied for 2nd most in the International League.
28-year-old Kennys Vargas is in his tenth season as a professional player. Minnesota signed him as an international free agent in 2009. He appeared in 236 games for the Twins between 2014 and 2017, though he has spent the entire 2018 campaign with the Red Wings. Vargas is a native of Canovanas, Puerto Rico.
BRYSE WILSON, Gwinnett Stripers IL PITCHER OF THE WEEK Making his third start for the Stripers since being promoted from Double-A Mississippi, Bryse Wilson broke the franchise record with a career-high 13 strikeouts and gave up one hit over eight innings as Gwinnett held on for a 4-3 win over Louisville on Wednesday at Coolray Field. Blake Trahan singled in the 4th , but Louisville's only man to reach base against Wilson was quickly erased via a double
play. Wilson retired the final thirteen hitters he faced. The record he broke was nearly as old as the franchise itself, as Charlie Morton had struck out twelve on April 12, 2009 in the fourth game for the Gwinnett team after relocating from Richmond, Virginia. Wilson is now 3-0 in three starts since his promotion to Triple-A.
20-year-old Bryse Wilson is in his third season as a professional pitcher after being selected by Atlanta in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. This is his first season playing above the low Class-A level; he has yet to make his Major League debut. Wilson is a native of Durham, North Carolina.
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