OH – The Akron Aeros announced Monday morning that outfielder Jerad Head is the
recipient of the second-ever Aeros Player of the Week Award. He earned the
honor in recognition of his efforts during the week from June 21st
through June 27th when Akron played six games at Canal Park against
the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Binghamton Mets. It was yet another rough
week for the Aeros overall, but Head starred offensively as his slugging
numbers continue to explode in the month of June.
led Akron as he batted .563 (9-for-16) in five games played with three doubles,
a home run and four RBI this week. He also scored three runs and walked three
times, as he smacked his fifth home run of the year during Sunday’s loss to the
Binghamton Mets. The 27-year-old appeared in three games as the designated
hitter and two games at right field while collecting multiple hits in the three
weekend losses to the B-Mets.
is a native of Topeka, Kansas and is among the Eastern League leaders in
several offensive categories recently. Head is now batting .388 (19-for-49) in
his past 14 contests dating back to June 10th with an solid .474
on-base percentage and an unreal .755 slugging percentage. He also leads all
qualified Aeros in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and
doubles during the month of June.
Cleveland Indians signed Head in 2005 as an undrafted free agent from Washburn
University (KS). He began his professional career in 2006 with the short-season
Class A Burling Indians and then spent the majority of the next two seasons
with the Class A Kinston Indians. With the Aeros in 2009, he appeared at seven
different positions in the field (all but shortstop and catcher) and batted
.282 in 98 games. Head started the 2010 season on the disabled list with the
Class AAA Columbus Clippers. He missed 12 games total and then participated in
just six contests up until his return to Akron on May 22nd.
The Akron Aeros will
award their Player of the Week honor to an individual player every Monday for
the rest of the season. In the case of a Monday closure of the team offices,
the Aeros will announce the award Tuesday morning. Akron second baseman Jason
Kipnis won the first-ever award last week and this is a separate honor from the
Eastern League Player-Pitcher of the Week Awards, which went to Reading’s Matt
Rizzotti and Bowie’s Zach Britton respectively, this week.
The Aeros look to get back in the
winning column tonight as they hit the road for the start of a seven-game road
trip. The Richmond Flying Squirrels host Akron first at The Diamond in
Richmond, Virginia Monday at 7:05 p.m. for the first game of a three-game
series. Consistent right-hander Paolo Espino (7-2, 3.79 ERA) makes his second
start since re-joining the Aeros rotation last week against Richmond’s Felix
Romero (0-1, 4.75 ERA) Join Jim Clark, the long-time voice of the Akron Aeros,
for Monday’s radio broadcast beginning at 6:50 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and
at www.akronaeros.com. For more
information, please call the Aeros team offices at (330) 253-5151.