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Akron INF Giovanny Urshela wins Player of the week honors

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The  Cleveland  Indians  today  announced  that  Akron INF Giovanny Urshela has  been  named  the  Indians  Minor  League  Player  of  the  Week,  April  15-22.  The  Indians Player  of  the  Week  Award  recognizes  an  individual  performance  from  within  the  Indians  Player Development System and is announced each Tuesday.

Urshela, 21, hit .333 (10-30) with 4 doubles, a home run and 7 RBI throughout the week, while posting a .900 OPS (.333 on-base pct./.567 slugging pct.).  He recorded four multi-hit games, including April 18 vs. Bowie when he went 2-5 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Urshela also belted his first home run of the season on the previous night against Trenton. On the season, he is hitting at a .281 clip (18-64) with 5 doubles, a home run and 8 RBI.

Giovanny was originally signed by the Indians as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2008. The 6-0, 197-lb Cartagena, Colombia native notched Minor League Player of the Week honors last season, along with earning the Carolina League Batter of the Week Award for August 6-13. Urshela had his best offensive season as a professional in 2012, hitting .278 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI and 30 doubles through 114 games with the Mudcats. The right-handed hitting and throwing third baseman entered the 2013 campaign rated as having the best infield arm in the Indians organization in Baseball America's Best Tools Survey.

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