G-Braves' Gartrell named IL batter of week

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Braves outfielder Stefan Gartrell was named the International League batter of the week for April 30-May 6 in an announcement made by the league Monday.

Gartrell is the first G-Brave to win an IL weekly award this season. Lehigh Valley's Scott Elarton was named the IL pitcher of the week.

Gartrell hit .400 (8-for-20) in five games during the week, blasting three home runs and recording eight RBIs. The 28-year-old posted a .850 slugging percentage as well and became the first Gwinnett hitter to win the award since Mauro Gomez on Aug. 29 last season.

For the year, Gartrell is hitting .212 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 27 games.

It's the first IL weekly award for Gartrell, an IL midseason and postseason all-star a year ago with Gwinnett.

Gartrell was not in the starting lineup Monday, however. With two National League organizations, the designated hitter was not used. It was the first time this season the G-Braves didn't have a DH. But he did come into the game after two innings when Jordan Parraz was hit by a pitch.