AirHogs Kevin Hilton, Dogs Keon Barnum Honored in Week 10
In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association name their Pitcher and Player of the Week for Week 10 of the 2019 American Association season. This week Chicago Dogs infielder Keon Barnum is selected as the Player of the Week after hitting .500 with five homers. Texas AirHogs starter Kevin Hilton is named the Pitcher of the Week after his outstanding start against the Milwaukee Milkmen.
Player of the Week – Week 10: Keon Barnum
It was an impressive week for Keon Barnum, as he hit .467 in seven games for the Chicago Dogs. Barnum clubbed five homers, scored eight runs and drove home 15. Of his 14 hits, seven went for extra bases.
Barnum had hits in six of the seven games for the Dogs this past week. It began with him going 1-4 in a 12-4 loss to the Sioux City Explorers. The infielder then responded with a perfect 4-4 night on July 16, clubbing two homers while driving in four. He scored three runs in the contest and added a walk. The rubber match of the series saw Barnum go 0-3 with a run and two walks. Overall, he was 5-11 with four runs, two homers and four RBI.
Onto Gary Southshore the team went. Barnum would appear in all four games of the series. In the first contest, the first baseman had another huge night, going 4-6 with two runs scored, a double, two more homers, and a single game high seven RBI. He was a huge catalyst in the contest as the team set a franchise record for runs scored with 16.
On Saturday the team resumed a suspended game from June 6, with the Dogs trailing the RailCats, 3-0. However, Chicago rallied as Barnum added his fifth homer of the week. In the regularly scheduled game, the infielder was 1-3 with an RBI. He finished out the series going 3-6 with a run and two RBI in the final contest. Overall against Gary, Barnum was 9-19 with four runs scored, three homers, and 11 RBI.
Barnum posted a gaudy 1.038 slugging percentage and a .552 on-base percentage. His OPS was 1.590.
Pitcher of the Week – Week 10: Kevin Hilton, Texas AirHogs
Texas AirHogs right-hander Kevin Hilton was chosen as the Pitcher of the Week after allowing no runs in eight innings in his start against the Milwaukee Milkmen. The gem ensured the AirHogs were not swept in the series.
Hilton was absolutely brilliant, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out nine in eight innings of work. Of his 103 pitches, 71 went for strikes.
Hilton began the game by retiring the first six batters he faced. He then gave up a lone runner in each of the next three innings. Following a two out double in the fifth, the AirHogs starter retired seven straight. The only trouble he found himself in was in the eighth when he hit the leadoff batter, then gave up a two out hit. However, he would strike out Garrett Copeland to end the threat.
Hilton is the first Texas AirHogs player to receive a weekly honor this season.
2019 Players of the Week
Week 9 – Josh Allen, St. Paul Saints
Week 8 – Max Murphy, Brady Shoemaker, St. Paul Saints
Week 7 – T. J. Bennett, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 6 – Max Murphy, St. Paul Saints
Week 5 – Nate Samson, Sioux City Explorers
Week 4 – Tim Colwell, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 3 – Victor Roache, Chicago Dogs
Week 2 – Tony Rosselli, Chicago Dogs
Week 1 – Zach Nehrir, Cleburne Railroaders
2019 Pitchers of the Week
Week 9 – Kevin Hilton, Texas AirHogs
Week 8 – Luke Westphal, Chicago Dogs
Week 7 – Frank Carvallo, Gary Southshore RailCats
Week 6 – Bret Helton, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 5 – Mitch Lambson, Winnipeg Goldeyes
Week 4 – Taylor Jordan, Sioux City Explorers
Week 3 – Eddie Medina, St. Paul Saints
Week 2 – Eddie Medina, St. Paul Saints
Week 1 – Jake Matthys, St. Paul Saints
Notes About Player/Pitcher of the Week Winners
The Player and Pitcher of the Week are chosen each week by the Minor League Sports Report’s Robert Pannier and by Kevin Luckow of the Tenth Inning Stretch. Honorees are chosen based upon statistics, quality of opponent, and importance in relation to overall performance of their own team.
By Robert Pannier