The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs starting catcher John Suomi was named International League Batter of the Week for his performance last week. Suomi collected 12 hits in the five games he started that week, filling in when normal starter Erik Kratz was called up to the major league club.
Suomi also scored eight runs and posted a 1.100 slugging percentage, leading the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage for the week. Suomi – who was recognized for the period from May 28 to June 3 – is the third member of the IronPigs to earn such an award, as pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Scott Elarton were named pitcher of the week earlier in the season.
Suomi is hitting .361/.381/.607 so far this season with three home runs and nine RBIs in 63 plate appearances. Suomi is a 31-year old career minor leaguer who is in his 13th season of professional ball. He was initially drafted in the 22nd round by the Oakland Athletics back in the 2000 draft, and has been in the organizations of the A’s, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals, and Phillies.
Suomi is a .265/.325/.405 career hitter with 54 home runs, 367 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases in 2,765 plate appearances over all different levels of minor league ball. He first reached Triple-A in 2007 but hasn’t ultimately gotten the call up to the big leagues yet.
Suomi is currently day-to-day with a hip flexor, although the injury shouldn’t keep him out too long.