Nashville, TN – Nashville Sounds catcher Bruce Maxwell has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week for his performance from July 11th-17th, the league announced today.
In a shortened week due to the Triple-A All-Star break, Maxwell put up staggering numbers in a series win over the El Paso Chihuahuas.
The 25-year-old hit .647 (11-for-17) with 10 RBI, 7 runs scored, 4 home runs, 1 double and 2 walks. He hit safely in all four games and recorded a four-hit game and five-hit game just two days apart.During the week, Maxwell led the PCL in average, home runs, RBI, total bases (24), slugging percentage (1.412) and OPS (2.096), while finishing tied for the league lead in runs and extra base hits (5). He had the second-highest on-base percentage (.684) and finished tied for second in hits.
In the Sounds’ 19-5 win over the Chihuahuas on July 16th, Maxwell went 5-for-5 with 6 RBI, 4 runs scored and the first multi-homer game of his career. He became just the fourth player in the PCL over the last five seasons to record a 5-hit, 6-RBI, 4-run game. Current A’s catcher Stephen Vogt accomplished the feat twice while playing with Sacramento in 2013.
This is the first weekly honor of Maxwell’s minor league career. He joins fellow Sounds Dillon Overton (April 18th-24th) and Jaycob Brugman (June 6th-12th) to garner weekly honors from the PCL this year.
In 58 games this season, Maxwell is hitting .316 (59-for-187) with 39 RBI, 24 runs, 11 doubles and 9 home runs. The 9 homers is already a career-high as is his current .519 slugging percentage and .906 OPS.
The first-place Sounds continue their eight-game road trip with a four-game series set to begin tonight in Albuquerque. They return home to First Tennessee Park on Friday when they begin an eight-game homestand.
The 2016 season is the Sounds’ 19th year in the Pacific Coast League and their second as the Oakland Athletics’ top affiliate. Tickets are available now by calling 615.690.4487 or by visiting www.nashvillesounds.com