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PCL Player & Pitcher of the Week, May 31-June 6

June 7, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) News Release

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Reno Aces catcher Carlos Corporan and Iowa Cubs pitcher Mitch Atkins have won the Pacific Coast League's Player and Pitcher of the Week award for May 31-June 6, the league announced Monday.

Corporan, 26, who entered the week with a .222 batting average in 26 games, caught fire over a three-game stretch from Friday to Sunday. In that time, he batted .769 (10-for-13) with six extra- base hits and three runs batted in. Overall, the switch-hitting Corporan hit a league-best .565, reached base at a .593 clip and slugged 1.130, more than 200 points better than anyone else in the PCL during the week. He finished play on June 6 hitting a robust .287, and in six games already has more hits in June (13) than in either April (11) or May (11).

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound backstop is in his third season in the PCL, but just his first with the Aces. In 2008 and 2009 with Nashville, Corporan hit .230 and .201, respectively, collecting just one home run, one triple and nine doubles in 179 at-bats for the Sounds a year ago. This past week Corporan collected two homers, a triple and five doubles in 23 at bats.

Atkins, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, enjoyed a pair of stellar performances in just his fifth and sixth starts of the 2010 season. He excelled in a no-decision on May 31 in Nashville, striking out eight batters in six shutout innings, then turned in six more innings of one-run baseball with six punch outs in a June 5 victory against New Orleans. In all, Atkins led the PCL with 14 strikeouts in 12 innings, compiled a 1-0 record with a 0.75 ERA, and allowed just six hits and four walks in his two outings.

The 24-year-old is 4-2 on the season with a 2.63 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .211 batting average. A former seventh-round pick, Atkins is a three-time minor league All-Star, having represented the Midwest League in 2006, the Florida State League in 2007 and the Southern League in 2008. It is his second career PCL Pitcher of the Week award, after he went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts from August 24-30, 2009.

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