9/3 Villanueva honored
Tennessee’s Christian Villanueva was named the Southern League “Hitter of the Week” for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 3. The award is Villanueva’s first of the season and the first league award for any Smokies hitter. He paced the Smokies offense last week with a .304 average (7-for-23), belting three home runs and driving in six. All three of his home run came in the team’s final five-game series with Chattanooga. Villanueva ended the week riding a seven-game hitting streak. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native originally signed with the Rangers as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He was then traded to the Cubs, along with Kyle Hendricks, in 2012 for RHP Ryan Dempster.