Jeremy Owens Becomes Fifth Bull to Win Player of the Week
Durham Bulls Outfielder Jeremy Owens is the International League Player of the Week for July 23-29.
On Monday, July 30, 2007, the International League announced that Durham outfielder Jeremy Owens has been named the League’s Batter-of-the-Week for the period from July 23-29. Owens becomes the fifth member of the Durham Bulls to win an IL weekly award this season, most of any team in the League. He joins Jason Hammel (April 5-15), Andy Sonnanstine (April 23-29), Mitch Talbot (May 21-27), Justin Ruggiano (May 28-June 3), and Jae Seo (July 2-8 and July 16-22).
Owens pounded out 12 hits in just 19 at-bats this week, posting an unbelievable .632 batting average to best the rest of the International League by more than 150 points. The only player with more hits was Pawtucket’s Joe McEwing, who needed 30 at-bats to collect 13 hits.
Not surprisingly, Owens also led the circuit in on-base (.650) and slugging (.947) percentage. The only thing that could stop Owens this week was Mother Nature, as he failed to reach base just once – in Durham’s suspended game Friday in which only three innings were played.
In each of the six completed games in which he played, Owens hit safely in every one of them, including five multiple-hit performances. He doubled three times on Monday in Indianapolis for his first three-hit game of the season.
After being given the day off Tuesday, Owens registered two hits in four of his next five games. Owens has been a huge contributor for the Bulls during the club’s resurgence in July. He’s hit .350 with eight doubles and 10 RBI in 22 games, helping Durham to a 16-9 record so far this month.
30-year-old Jeremy Owens is in his second season with the Tampa Bay organization. He signed with the Devil Rays prior to the 2006 campaign, which he spent helping the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits to the Southern League Championship. He was originally drafted in 1998 by San Diego, and has also spent time in the Boston system. Owens is a native of Johnson City, TN.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.
POSTED: August 2, 2007