#Cubs Arrieta named NL Player of Week
Cubs Minor Leaguers Chesny Young, Paul Blackburn and Ian Happ also honored
*Jake Arrieta, who threw his second career no-hitter last Thursday, was named National League Player of the Week for April 18-24. Arrieta struck out six and walked four in the Cubs’ 16-0 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Arrieta posted his second no-no 10 regular season starts after he threw the first. According to Elias, only two pitchers in ML history have gone fewer starts between no-hitters: Johnny Vander Meer, who did so in consecutive starts in 1938, and Warren Spahn, who had five starts separating his two.
*Tennessee’s Chesny Young and Paul Blackburn were named the Southern League’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. In seven games last week, Young batted .480 (12-for-25), scored four runs, drove in two and stole seven bases. Blackburn won both of his starts last week, and did not give up an earned run over 15 innings. He held opponents to a .184 average. In four games so far, Blackburn has a 0.35 ERA.
*Ian Happ has been named the Carolina League’s Player of the Week for his efforts during the week of April 18-24. Happ, 22, opened the week hitting two home runs in a 4-for-5, four RBI game at Winston-Salem. He posted a .429/.600/.905 slash line with three home runs, eight RBIs, seven runs scored and nine walks in seven games last week.