For a second time in as many weeks, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a Minor Leaguer earn recognition for his performance, as Nick Yarnall of Low-A Great Lakes was named Midwest League Player of the Week for games played April 16-22.
Yarnall started in five of the Loons’ six games during that span, going 11-for-22 (.500 batting average) with a .522 on-base percentage and .708 slugging. He had two home runs, eight RBI and one walk in those contests, though Great Lakes was a disappointing 1-4.
Overall this season, Yarnall is hitting .348/.423/.587 with two doubles, three home runs and nine RBI in 12 games. He leads the team in home runs and RBI, and is second in on-base plus slugging percentage (1.010).
The 23-year-old first baseman is in his second stint with the Loons. In 37 games with the affiliate last season, he batted .217/.336/.392 with seven doubles, one triple, four home runs and 15 RBI.
The Dodgers selected Yarnall in the 35th round of the 2016 Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to the Loons, he’s spent time with the Arizona League Dodgers and Ogden Raptors.
Tulsa Drillers right-hander Justin DeFratus was previously named Texas League Pitcher of the Week to start the 2018 season.