Lynchburg, VA - From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans
LYNCHBURG, VA – Myrtle Beach Pelicans shortstop Mycal Jones has been named the Carolina League's Player of the Week for the period of August 9-15. Over Myrtle Beach's seven games during that stretch, the Pelicans' leadoff man lit up circuit stat sheets, batting .364 with four home runs and ten runs scored.
While the Pelicans scuffled against the Potomac Nationals in a three-game sweep from Friday to Sunday, Jones provided a spark for his club from the top of the order night after night over the course of his award-winning week. After entering the week with three home runs, the Jacksonville, Florida native flexed his muscle by smashing more than that total in a four-game span.
The power surge began on Tuesday, August 10 at BB&T Coastal Field on, perfectly enough, Mycal Jones Poster Giveaway Night as the 23-year-old posted the first multi-home run game of his career with two longballs in a 10-5 victory over the Frederick Keys. One night later, Jones crushed the Pelicans' first leadoff homer of the season, jolting his offense to a three-run first in another win over Frederick, 5-3.
After a one-night homer layoff, in which he went 0-for-1 with a Pelicans season-high four walks in the Birds' 8-4 win in the series finale with the Keys, Jones again led off a contest with a bomb, his fourth in as many days coming in the top of the first Friday evening at Potomac.
Overall for his week, Jones went 8-for-22 with a double, four homers, five runs batted in, ten runs scored, a stolen base, and nine walks against just four strikeouts. The Miami Dade CC South product reached base at a .563 clip, and his .955 slugging percentage was higher than the OPS (on base percentage plus slugging percentage) totals of all but seven other players in the entire Carolina League.
One of two players with his name on the Pelicans roster—first baseman Mike Jones, also known as "Big Mike" to the pair's teammates, who also could have made a claim to the league's weekly award with a .407 batting average from the 9th through the 15th—Mycal has taken hold of the top spot in the Pelicans' order since his promotion from Class A Rome on June 10. The top-rated shortstop in the Atlanta Braves' minor league ranks entering the 2010 season, Mycal was chosen by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Jones's honor comes with somewhat ironic timing. As his team was swept by the Nationals over the weekend, Potomac first baseman Tyler Moore, proud owner of three of the last four Carolina League Player of the Week awards, homered three times in his club's unbeaten three-game set. Jones is the first non-National to take home the award since July 5-11 when Frederick's Pedro Florimon claimed the accolade. He is also the first Pelicans position player to take home a weekly award from the Carolina League this season.