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MWL Player of the Week: SS Luke Wakamatsu – Indians

Four hit games are few and far between in today’s professional ranks, so you have to take note when one player makes it happen twice in one week. The Lake County Captains Shortstop, Luke Wakamatsu, was on quite a roll at the plate last week. Not only did he collect a couple of four hit games, he hit safely in five of his six contests over the stretch.

The former 20th round draft pick got off to a big start at home against the Clinton Lumber Kings when he went four for five with a double and an RBI. He carried that momentum on the road as well as Wakamatsu had a hit and an RBI in each of his next two games as the Captains visited the South Bend Cubs. He would end that road series by racking up four more hits, this time driving in three runs along the way to give the Keller, TX product not only a four game hit streak in the week, but a four game RBI streak as well.

Wakamatsu would end the week by going one for nine in the final two games while visiting the West Michigan Whitecaps. While the week did not end as strongly as it began, Wakamatsu saw his batting average go up 12 points on the week while adding six RBI and a couple of doubles to his season totals.

Luke is the son of former big leaguer and current Royals Bench coach, Don Wakamatsu. After being drafted in 2015, Wakamatsu only played a total of 44 games through his first two professional seasons. With a  much bigger sample size to look at in his first year of full season ball, the 20 year old is proving that he has what it takes to keep up with the top bats in the Midwest league. So far this season he is slashing .255/.313/.390 with six homers and 38 runs batted in. Defensively, Wakamatsu has logged a .956 fielding percentage on the season.

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