Photo credit: Jay Gehres/Courtesy Columbus Clippers

To describe Will Brennan’s week at the plate against the Louisville Bats as hot would be an understatement. He led the way, hitting over .500 as the Clippers took four of six games against Cincinnati’s AAA squad, earning himself Player of the Week honors. Top prospects Bo Naylor and George Valera found their power strokes, each hitting multiple home runs in the series. The week also saw starters Hunter Gaddis and Logan T. Allen earn wins. And pitcher Carlos Vargas put on quite a show out of the bullpen. Recently promoted from AA Akron, the flamethrowing righty looked good in relief. On Wednesday, he pitched one inning, gave up a hit and walk and struck out one. On Friday, Vargas pitched two innings in relief. He struck out a whopping six batters. He did give up a home run and a walk, but overall, it was an impressive performance.

Week in Review

9/6 – L, 6-5 (L: Ian Hamilton, 2-5)
9/7 – W, 10-1 (W: Hunter Gaddis, 3-2)
9/8 – W, 7-6 (W: Nick Mikolajchak, 5-2, S: Adam Scott, 1)
9/9 – L, 7-5 (L: Tanner Tully, 8-4)
9/10 – W, 7-6 (W: Kevin Kelly, 2-0, S: Justin Garza, 6)
9/11 – W, 8-5 (W: Logan T. Allen, 3-4, S: Garza, 7)

Player of the Week

OF Will Brennan – 16-31, 6 R, 4 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, BB, 4 SO

What a week at the plate for Willie Baseball – he went 16-31 over the six games, hit four doubles, a triple and scored six runs. Brennan had three hits in four of the six games, and two a piece in the other two. For the season Brennan is now hitting an impressive .316 with 11 HR, 101 RBI, 20 stolen bases and an .851 OPS.

Who’s Hot

C Bo Naylor – 5-21, 4 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 9 SO

Naylor went on a power surge early in this series, hitting three home runs in the first two games against Louisville. Naylor’s bat has quieted a bit after getting off to a hot start in AAA. But his three home runs and two doubles this week are an encouraging sign that he can finish the season on a high note.

OF George Valera – 7-24, 5 R, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 6 SO

Valera seems to be settling in at the plate after getting off to a bit of a slow start at AAA a few weeks ago. This week he hit in five of six games and hit two home runs. Valera is an exciting prospect and it is an encouraging sign to see him adjust to his first taste of AAA pitching.

Who’s Not

SP Xzavion Curry – GS, 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 5 SO

Curry had a rough outing on Saturday, giving up six earned runs over 4.2 innings pitched. This comes after he was called up to pitch in place of the injured Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac for the Guardians. Hopefully Curry can right the ship in case the Guardians need him again in the thick of their division race.

Up Next

Columbus starts a six-game series at home against the Omaha Storm Chasers on Tuesday, September 13.

9/13 – first pitch @ 6:15 p.m.
9/14 – first pitch @ 6:35 p.m
9/15 – first pitch @ 6:15 p.m.
9/16 – first pitch @ 7:05 p.m.
9/17 – first pitch @ 12:05 p.m.
9/18 – first pitch @ 12:05 p.m.

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