Wylie leads Monarchs, Eldred earns second weekly award

Kansas City Monarchs infielder Justin Wylie and Kane County Cougars starter CJ Eldred won the American Association’s Pointstreak batter and pitcher of the week for the week ending 8/6, the league announced Monday.

Wylie was outstanding for a Monarchs team that found some resurgence, winning five of six at home against Winnipeg. The second-baseman hit .429, tying the league high for the week with 12 hits.

Amongst those 12 hits included three doubles, four home runs to tie for first in the league as well, eight RBI and two walks while striking out just once.

The all-star from Lancaster, Pennsylvania is in his first season of American Association baseball after spending the last two seasons with the New Jersey Jackals of the Frontier League.

On the pitching side, Eldred is now the second pitcher to win pitcher of the week twice this season along with Sioux City’s Solomon Bates.

Eldred earns the award after very nearly making history, taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Cleburne before allowing a single to open the frame. He finished his outing going nine innings while striking out eight and allowing two hits and one earned run in a game the Cougars won 4-1 in extras.

That also was not Eldred’s only start of the week, pitching six shutout innings on the road in Lincoln while striking out five en route to a 7-0 win for Kane County.

The right-hander’s ERA dropped by nearly a full run this week, now sitting at a 4.78 clip to go along with his 6-5 record. He has allowed just one total earned run in his last five starts across 35 innings, striking out 34.

Pointstreak is the official statistician of the American Association.


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