SPRINGDALE, AR – Naturals’ right-hander Jake Odorizzi has been selected as the Texas League Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 30th-May 6th, Texas League President Tom Kayser announced Monday.
The Highland, Illinois resident has both set and tied the Naturals franchise record for strikeouts in a game with 11 on two different occasions. The first 11 strikeout performance came on April 23 against Springfield. In his most recent start against the North Division leading Tulsa Drillers on May 5, he again fanned 11. Odorizzi threw seven and a third innings allowing just two hits and one earned run.
Odorizzi is 3-2 on the season and is leading the starting staff in ERA (3.48), innings pitched (31.0), and strikeouts (40). His 40 strikeouts are ranked third in the Texas League.
Cody Decker of the San Antonio Missions was named as the Player of the Week for the Texas League.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark, located in Springdale. Visit our website, nwanaturals.com, for information on season tickets and ticket plans.