Stanford grad Slater named PCL Offensive Player of the Week


Stanford grad Austin Slater was named the Pacific Coast League's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .393 (11-for-28) with five home runs and 12 RBI last week for the Sacramento RiverCats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.

Slater opened the week with a two-homer game and a career-high five RBI in a 12-4 victory at the Reno Aces. He followed that with another home run and four RBI.

Austin Slater/MiLB
In a four-game series with the Aces that began last weekend, Slater went 12-for-19 (.632) with five homers and 13 RBI.

He finished the week Sunday with a 3-for-4 effort, including a solo home run, against the Fresno Grizzlies.

Slater, an eight-round pick in the 2014 draft, is batting .302 on the year. He's a career .306 hitter in his third year in the Giants organization and has hit 18 of his 23 home runs this season.

"I was obviously pretty comfortable. I felt great," Slater told "Working on some new things and finally seeing some results with it."

According to MiLB's Alex Kraft, Slater batted .317 with five homers and 25 RBI in 41 games with Double-A Richmond to open the season The transition to Triple-A was anything but smooth. He hit .224 in June and .232 in July, with four homers in 38 games.

"Obviously, guys have more refined stuff up here," said Slater, currently ranked the Giants' No. 22 prospect. "They'll throw just about any pitch in any count. I think for a little bit there I was getting away from my approach.”

— Palo Alto Online Sports/MiLB

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