Duda dubbed IL player of week
The International League announced today that Buffalo outfielder Lucas Duda and Gwinnett pitcher Todd Redmond have been named the League’s Batter and Pitcher of the Week for the period from June 28-July 4. Each player is the third on his respective ballclub to receive an IL weekly award in 2010. Duda follows Mike Hessman (April 26-May 2) and Jesus Feliciano (May 17-23) while Redmond joins Chris Resop (May 10-16) and Matt Young (June 21-27).
Buffalo outfielder Lucas Duda
It was just his third week with Buffalo since being promoted from Double-A Binghamton on June 14, but Bisons left fielder Lucas Duda led the International League with five home runs, 11 RBI, and a 1.000 slugging percentage this week and made headlines by homering in five consecutive games. He hit a three-run home run on Monday in Charlotte and hit solo shots on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field. Duda then hit a solo home run in Thursday’s series opener against Rochester before going deep again on Friday night when he knocked one over the right-center field wall in the 3rd inning.
That blast made him just the fifth player in the 125-year history of the Buffalo franchise to hit home runs in five consecutive games. The most recent to do so was Andy Marte in June of 2006.
24-year-old Lucas Duda is in his fourth season of professional baseball after being chosen by the Mets in the 7th round of the 2007 draft. He was hitting .286 with six homers and 34 RBI in 45 games with Binghamton this season before being promoted to Buffalo. Duda is a native of Fontana, California.
Gwinnett pitcher Todd Redmond
Braves right-hander Todd Redmond faced off against the leaders of the IL West and IL South Divisions on the road this week, and came away with a 1-0 record and a 0.69 ERA, having allowed just one run, seven hits, and three walks while recording ten strikeouts in 13.0 innings of work. Most importantly, he helped Gwinnett to victories in both games. He didn’t receive the decision Monday night at Columbus, but Redmond was strong. His Braves held a slim 1-0 lead until Luis Valbuena connected for a solo home run in the 6th inning, which was Redmond’s last. Gwinnett eventually won 4-3. Saturday night in Durham, Redmond tossed 7.0 spectacular innings. The Bulls, 2nd only to Columbus in the IL in runs scored this season) managed just two hits off of Redmond in the 3-0
25-year-old Todd Redmond is in his sixth season of professional baseball. His first year at the Triple-A level came last season with Gwinnett, during which he went 9-6 with a 4.41 ERA. On May 28 of this season he threw the first 9-inning no-hitter in franchise history when he blanked Louisville 4-0. Redmond is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida.