Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Enyel De Los Santos has been named the International League Pitcher of the Week, as announced by league officials today. De Los Santos becomes the first IronPigs pitcher selected since Cole Irvin on June 11, 2018.
For the week of April 8-14, De Los Santos made one start, pitching seven innings and not allowing a single run while striking out nine batters in Rochester last Friday. The 23-year-old boasts a 2-0 record and a 0.75 ERA in his second season with Lehigh Valley.
De Los Santos currently ranks sixth in the International League and eighth in all of Triple-A in ERA (0.75). He’s tied for first in the International League in wins (2) and strikeouts (19). De Los Santos is second in all of Triple-A in strikeouts in addition to being tied for fifth in the International League in innings pitched (12.0).
Former IronPigs and Phillies infielder Andres Blanco was named the IL Player of the Week. While Blanco didn’t collect a hit in any of his first three games this season, he’s been on fire since then. The veteran infielder has reeled off five consecutive games with a hit, including three contests with multiple hits to post an average for the week of .476.
The highlight came Thursday at Louisville when Blanco went 4-for-4 and blasted a three-run homer in the process, on what just happened to be his 35th birthday. All ten of Blanco’s hits and all ten of his RBI this season have come during his current five-game hitting streak, raising his average on the season to an impressive .333 thus far.
Blanco is in his 18th season as a professional. He made his Major League debut in 2004 with the Royals and has also played for the Cubs, Rangers, and Phillies. He signed with Atlanta this past December as a free agent. Blanco is a native of Caracas, Venezuela.