The Minnesota Twins announced today that Fort Myers Miracle infielder Yancarlos Ortiz has been named Twins Minor League Player of the Week. Ortiz went 6-for-19 (.315) with four RBIs, three walks and two runs scored.
Defensively, Ortiz has been tremendous earning nicknames like "The Human Hoover" as he continues gobbles up every ball that comes his way.
A non-drafted free agent from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, Ortiz is hitting .278 this season with 19 RBIs.
In Beloit, another Dominican earned weekly honors. Santos Arias was named by the Midwest League as their Pitcher of the Week after pitching a complete game shutout on June 26th against the Clinton LumberKings. During that outing, Santos allowed just three hits while striking out four in a 2-0 win by the Snappers.
So far this season, Santos is 4-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 11 starts. Arias has pitched 67.2 innings, allowing 23 runs (18 earned) while striking out 54 batters and walking just 13. The right-hander also has a 1.03 WHIP with opponents batting a measly .227 against him.
Signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in February of 2005, Arias is originally from La Romana, Dominican Republic. Coming into this season, he had a career minor league record of 17-9 with a 2.18 ERA in 24 starts. He led the Dominican Summer League in innings (95.0), wins (10) and was sixth in ERA (1.23) during the 2006 season.