CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians today announced Columbus OF EZEQUIEL CARRERA has been named the club’s Minor League Player of the Week, July 22-28. In addition to this honor, yesterday he was named the International League Player of the Week.
Carrera, 25, hit .515 (17-33) with 2 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR and 13 RBI throughout the week, while posting a 1.407 OPS (.528 on-base pct, .879 slugging pct.). On July 25 vs. Toledo, Carrera went 5-for-5 with 4 runs scored and a double in Columbus’ 11-10 win. He also hit home runs in back-to-back games (July 24-25) for the 1st time in his career. For the 2012 season he is batting .297 (116-390) with 65 runs scored, 19 doubles, 6 triples, 6 home runs and 42 RBI with 26 stolen bases while posting a .770 OPS (.347 on-base pct., .423 slugging pct.). He currently ranks 10th in the International League in batting average (.297), 3rd in hits (116), 3rd in SB (26), 2nd in runs scored (65), T4th in 3B (6) and currently has a 20-game hitting streak, which is the 2nd longest in the International League this season.
The Guiria, VZ native was acquired on June 27, 2010 from the Seattle Mariners along with INF Juan Diaz in exchange for INF Russell Branyan and cash. He originally was signed by the New York Mets as a free agent on April 5th, 2005 before being traded to the Mariners prior to the 2009 season. In 2011, Zeke made his Major League Debut on May 20th and collected a game-winning, 8th-inning RBI bunt single in his first ever plate appearance vs. Cincinnati.