Phillip Ervin took home the Southern League Player of the Week award for his performance last week. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos outfielder had been out to a somewhat slow start in April, but he went on an absolute tear over the past seven days, hitting .467/.579/1.200 – good for a 1.779 OPS. He scored 10 runs, had three home runs and four steals on the week.
The batting average for Phillip Ervin is still a little bit lower than you would like to see, sitting at .243 on the season. The rest of his numbers look strong, however. His on-base percentage sits at .371 and his slugging percentage is at .459 to go along with 10 walks, 20 strikeouts and nine steals in nine attempts.
Jermaine Curtis also brought home an award for his performance on Monday. The Louisville Bats infielder won the International League Player of the Month Award. In 16 games played, Curtis hit an impressive .385 to go along with a .515 on-base percentage and a .447 slugging percentage. He also drove in 18 runs and stole a base.
Curtis walked more times than he struck out, drawing nine walks and striking out just six times in 69 total plate appearances. During the month of April he would only go hitless in three games. In one of those games he was hit by a pitch and reached base. In another game he drew a walk and reached base. In the other game he went 0-1 as a pinch hitter. In 15 of his 16 games he reached base at least once. Almost as impressive is that from April 16th through April 21st he was hit by a pitch in five consecutive games.
He has gone 0-6 with two walks thus far in May,but his overall season numbers are still quite impressive. He’s still got more walks than strikeouts, 11-to-10 and is hitting .345 with a .487 on-base percentage. If he continues to swing a hot bat maybe he can get back to the big leagues in a utility role on a Reds team that is looking for help just about everywhere.