OH – Center fielder Jordan Henry is the recipient of this week’s Akron Aeros
Player of the Week Award after posting his best stretch in Double-A. The
22-year-old leadoff man ignited the Aeros during the week of July 27th
to August 1st as the team played six games at home against the Bowie
Baysox and Reading Phillies. This is Henry’s first Player of the Week honor and
he was promoted from Class A Kinston in June.
collected a .571 (12-for-21) batting average to lead the entire Eastern League
this week, extending his hitting streak to eight straight games. He also
collected two walks in the games Monday, Thursday and Friday nights at Canal
Park while scoring eight runs total, including one in every single game. He
also tied a team-high this year with two doubles in Tuesday’s victory against
Bowie and had a triple Saturday, nearly doubling his previous four total
extra-base hits in all of his first 33 Double-A games this season.
In 39 total contests for Akron, he is now batting .293 with 22
walks, 22 runs scored and a team-leading eight stolen bases. He earned the
promotion from Kinston the day after his birthday, June 13th, and
led the K-Tribe for the first half of the year. Upon his first-ever promotion
to Double-A, Henry ranked fourth in the Carolina League with a .333 batting
average, was tied for fourth with 30 walks and ranked sixth with 14 stolen bases.
Cleveland Indians selected Henry in the seventh round of the June 2009 Draft
out of the University of Mississippi where he was a teammate of the team’s 2010
first-round pick, left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz. Last year in his
professional debut, he batted .286 in 67 games played for short-season Class A
Mahoning Valley while becoming a New York-Penn League All-Star and leading the
circuit with a .408 on-base percentage.
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. Akron starting pitcher Alex White
won the award last week, becoming the second two-time honoree along with second
baseman Jason Kipnis. This week, the separate Eastern League Player-Pitcher of
the Week Awards went to Binghamton’s Zach Lutz and New Hampshire’s B.J. LaMura,
The Aeros are enjoying an off day Monday before resuming action
Tuesday against the first-place Altoona Curve. A doubleheader begins the
crucial four-game series, and the two teams will play a pair of seven innings
games starting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Blair County Ballpark. Alex White (6-4,
1.49 ERA) and Paolo Espino (9-4, 4.00 ERA) will throw for Akron against Altoona
starters Justin Wilson (8-6, 3.06 ERA) and Jared Hughes (11-7, 4.62 ERA). Tuesday’s
radio broadcast begins at 5:15 p.m. on Fox Sports 1350 AM and at www.akronaeros.com.
For more information, please call the Aeros at (330) 253-5151.