The Cleveland Indians today announced Mahoning Valley INF JOEY WENDLE has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for July 1-July 8. The Indians Player of the Week award recognizes individual performances from within the Indians Player Development System and is announced each Tuesday through the end of the Minor League season.
Wendle, 22, hit .400 (12-30) with 4 2B, 1 3B, and 8 RBI throughout the week, while posting a 1.071 OPS (.471 on-base pct, .600 slugging pct.). He recorded four multi-hit games throughout the week, including a 3-for-6 effort with a 2B and 4 RBI on July 1 at Williamsport. He raised his batting average over 30 points from .320 to the current .356 mark over the span of the week. For the 2012 season, he is batting .356 (21-59) with 10 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples and 10 RBI while posting a .943 OPS (.435 on-base pct., .508 slugging pct.) in 16 games.
Wendle was the Indians 6th round selection (203rd overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of West Chester University (PA). He was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) First Team All-America as a member of the 2012 NCAA Division II college baseball national championship team while hitting .399 with 19 doubles, 9 triples, 12 home runs, 59 RBI and 64 runs scored in 56 games for West Chester and won the PSAC triple crown, leading the conference in batting average, home runs and RBI. The Lincoln University, PA native was also first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America.