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Surprise C Knizner (STL), Scottsdale RHP Abreu POTW Named Week Two Players of the Week

October 24, 2017 - Arizona Fall League (AzFL) News Release

Scottsdale, Arizona - Surprise catcher Andrew Knizner (Cardinals) and Scottsdale starting pitcher Albert Abreu (Yankees) have been named the Arizona Fall League Players of the Week.

Knizner - The second-year professional led the Fall League in RBI (5) and tied for the lead in batting (.471), hits (8), total bases (15) and home runs (2).

Last week, the Glen Allen, VA native posted a four-hit game and a two- homer outing.

For the AFL's six-week season that is two weeks old, the 6-1 200-pound backstop ranks fourth in the league in slugging percentage (.643) and seventh in batting (.393).

The Cardinals' seventh-round (226th overall) draft choice in 2016 out of North Carolina State University, the 22-year-old Knizner boasts a .308 composite batting average with 18 homers and 93 RBI in 148 games since debuting as a professional in 2016.

In 51 games following his promotion to Double-A Springfield in 2017, Knizner hit .324 with 22 RBI.

Abreu - Yankee right-hander Abreu, 22, struck out eight batters in five innings while allowing just two hits and two walks in the league's most dominant performance over its first two weeks.

He leads the AFL in innings pitched (10) and is tied for the lead in strikouts (11). In two starts, he owns a 0.90 ERA.

A native of the Dominican Republic, the 6-2, 175-pounder has a 10-6 record and 3.20 ERA in 65 games since beginning his professional career in 2014.

Abreu made three stops in New York's organization in 2017 - the rookie- level Yankees in the Gulf Coast League, Single-A Charleston and High-A Tampa.

Others - Other nominees for the second 2017 weekly award were Peoria IF Eric Filia (Mariners), Peoria LHP Max Fried (Braves) and Scottsdale IF Kyle Holder (Yankees).

Arizona Fall League - Known throughout professional baseball as a finishing school for Major League Baseball's elite prospects, the Arizona Fall League, now in its 26th season, is a six-team league owned and operated by MLB.

It plays six days per week (Monday-Saturday) at six spring-training stadiums in the Phoenix metropolitan area - Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Glendale Desert Dogs), Sloan Park (Mesa Solar Sox), Salt River Fields (defending champion Salt River Rafters), Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale Scorpions) and Surprise Stadium (Surprise Rafters).

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