The Pacific Coast League announced that Shane Peterson of the Sacramento River Cats and Caleb Clay of the Salt Lake Bees have been named Pacific Coast League Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 14-20.
Peterson, who played in the Triple-A All-Star game last week, hit .600 (9-for-15) for the week, while slugging 1.400. During the three-game stretch, the left-handed hitter had nine hits, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. The 26-year-old outfielder also had three opposite field home runs in a game on July 17.
"It's kind of been my approach most of the year, and coming here to Albuquerque that's what you have to do if you're going to have success, is use that side of the field," Peterson said in a story on MiLB.com. "For me, it's more just [about] barreling balls, whether to opposite field or the pull side or wherever."
Peterson leads the PCL this year with 72 runs scored, 124 hits and he is tied for the league lead in doubles with 29.
Caleb Clay tossed a shutout on July 20 against Las Vegas for the Bees, becoming the first Salt Lake pitcher to do so since Barry Enright on July 31, 2012. The 26-year-old gave up just three hits and a walk, striking out six. Since joining the Bees on June 21 from the Korean Baseball Organization, he has picked up three wins in five starts, striking out 20 and has a 2.97 ERA with just four walks.
Afterward, the righty assessed his performance for MiLB.com.
"I really kept them honest, pitching inside and using my changeup," he said. "My changeup was really good today and my fastball command was pretty good on both sides of the plate. I think that's the main thing that kept them off-balance.
"I really didn't feel like I threw any different than I had the previous four outings over here. It's not really not command, it's just more or less not being afraid to give up hits. I pride myself on not walking people and making them earn 90 feet."