|Greg Sexton -- photo: Columbus Catfish|
Columbus Catfish 3B Greg Sexton was named the South Atlantic League Player of the Week today.
Sexton, who leads Catfish batters with a batting average of .298, is the first Catfish player to take SAL Player of the Week honors this season.
Sexton was recognized for his play during the week July 28 - August 3:
Gregory Sexton, Columbus
.360 (9-25), 4 R, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 SB, .800 SLG
Since a tough April, Sexton has been as consistent a hitter as anyone for Columbus, hitting at last .280 in every month since. At a corner position, power is an expectation, and while Sexton hit his 30th double of the season this week, he entered the week with just two home runs. The hope that balls would begin clearing the fence instead of bouncing off it became true this week, as Sexton hit three home runs in his last five games. He'd hit just six home runs in his 152 professional games prior. It's a big change for the 2007 10th-round pick, whose four-RBI performance on Sunday were a career high. While Sexton is hitting .339 against southpaws this season, he's yet to hit a home run off a left-handed pitcher in his career. With the power on the up-swing, expect that to be shattered soon.
Two Catfish pitchers, Jason Ragan and Jeremy Hall, previous earned SAL honors as pitchers of the week.