Monday, July 28, 2008

Pridie named International League Player of the Week

Rochester Red Wings

The International League announced today that Rochester outfielder Jason Pridie has been named the League's Batter-of-the-Week for the period from July 21-27. He is the fourth members of the Red Wings to win an IL weekly award in 2008 joining fellow Red Wings Darnell McDonald (April 28-May 4), Denard Span (May 12-18), and Francisco Liriano (June 30- July 6).

Pridie tied for the League lead with 4 homers and 6 extra-base hits this week while hitting .375. He was 2nd in the IL in RBI (9) and slugging percentage (.844), while he was 3rd in hits (12). Tuesday Pridie hit his League-best 13th triple, which he followed up Wednesday with his second two-homer game of the season. Pridie has been remarkably balanced in his ability to collect extra-base hits. Included in his total count of 38 extra-base hits are 13 doubles, 13 triples, and 12 home runs. His fourth long ball of the week came last night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a two-run blast that accounted for half of his RBI total in the ballgame. It was also Pridie's fifth multi-hit game in seven days. Pridie is now 2nd on the Red Wings with 109 hits on the year, and 3rd with 12 home runs.

24-year-old Jason Pridie is in his first full year at the Triple-A level. He got his first taste of the classification last season with Durham, hitting .318 with 10 HR and 39 RBI in 63 games. In November he was traded by Tampa Bay to Minnesota in the same deal that brought Delmon Young to the Twins. Pridie is a native of Phoenix, AZ.

          G  AVG  H   AB  R 2B 3B HR RBI SLUG BB SB
Week: 7 .375 12 32 5 1 1 4 9 .844 0 0
Season: 105 .257 109 424 59 13 13 12 48 .434 19 19

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