Buxton Named International League Batter of the Week

Buxton hit .353 (12-for-35) with a double, four home runs, eight RBI and eight runs scored. (Photo: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Buxton hit .353 (12-for-35) with a double, four home runs, eight RBI and eight runs scored. (Photo: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Courtesy of RedWingsBaseball.com

ROCHESTER, NY – Rochester Red Wings outfielder Byron Buxton has been named International League Batter of the Week for the second time this season, the league office announced Monday.

Buxton hit in all seven games during the week and had multi-hit efforts in four of those. He hit .353 (12-for-35) with a double, four home runs, eight RBI and eight runs scored. The four home runs and 25 total bases led the league while the eight runs scored tied for the league lead. Buxton scored at least one run in each game during the period and became the second Red Wing to homer in four consecutive games in 2016, going deep from August 24-27. Kennys Vargas also accomplished the feat in May after no Rochester player had hit a home run in four straight games since 1990 entering this season.

Overall with Rochester, Buxton is batting .320 with 11 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 23 RBI, 41 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 46 games this season. He is hitting .292 (19-for-65) since being optioned on August 8.

A Red Wing has earned IL batter or pitcher of the week five times this season, including Buxton twice. Adam Brett Walker, Andrew Albers and Jose Berrios were also honored earlier in 2016. Rochester had eight players receive weekly league awards in 2015.

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