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Monday, 11 July 2016 21:02
ROUND ROCK, Texas – Omaha Storm Chasers SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game participant Hunter Dozier and Fresno Grizzlies Pacific Coast League All-Star Mike Hauschild have been named the PCL Player and Pitcher of the Week for July 4-10, the league office announced Monday.

In five games, Dozier hit a PCL-best .636 (14-for-22) with five extra-base hits, 23 total bases, two home runs and five RBI. He also paced the league in on-base percentage (.680), slugging percentage (1.054) and OPS (1.725), with his 14 hits tying for the PCL weekly high. Dozier hit safely in all five games, recording four three-hit games. In a doubleheader at Iowa July 6, he scored four runs and collected five hits, including driving in the game-winning run in game two with a ninth inning single.

The 24-year-old played for the United States in the Futures Game and went 0-for-1 with a stolen base. Since being named to the Futures Game roster on June 30, Dozier has hit safely in nine straight games for the Storm Chasers, batting .600 (21-for-35) with two home runs, seven RBI and 10 runs scored. Dozier started the year with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, playing in 26 games, before being promoted to Omaha May 7. In 57 games since his promotion, his .942 OPS is eighth-best in the PCL.

Dozier was selected by the Royals with the eighth overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Stephen F. Austin, the school’s highest selected player in the history of the MLB Draft. Dozier was named a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star in 2013, participated in the Arizona Fall League in 2014 and was tabbed to the All-Prospect Team. This is his second career Player of the Week, having previously won in May 2014 with Single-A Wilmington.

Hauschild’s only start came July 7 vs. Reno. He went 8.0 shutout innings on two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts to get the win, throwing 68 of his 95 pitches for strikes. He retired 12 of the first 13 hitters and allowed only three baserunners – two singles and one walk. His outing marked only the fourth time this year a PCL pitcher has gone eight or more innings, while not allowing a run, and striking out nine or more hitters.

Since June 7, a stretch of six starts, Hauschild owns a 0.69 ERA (39.0 IP, 3 ER), the second-best mark in Minor League Baseball for any pitcher with at least six appearances in that span. His 2.71 season ERA is second-best in the PCL, while his .245 batting average against is fifth-lowest.

The Ohio native was drafted by the Astros in the 33rd round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Dayton. As a college senior in 2012, Hauschild guided the Flyers to the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, serving as the club’s Friday starter. In 116 games over his professional career, Hauschild is 34-29 with a 3.43 ERA (521.2 IP, 199 ER) with 131 walks and 442 strikeouts. This is his third career Player of the Week, having won before in May 2014 with Double-A Corpus Christi and August 2015 with Fresno.

 

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