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Will Smith named California League Player of the Week

Will Smith hits his first of two home runs
Will Smith hits his first of two home runs
Photo: Steve Saenz | Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Will Smith, the Dodgers’ supplemental first-round pick, No. 32 overall last June out of Louisville, was named the California League Player of the Week after a very productive seven days for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Smith has an active eight-game hitting streak, including all seven games for the week of April 17-23. He was 11-for-25 last week with three home runs, three doubles, six RBI, five walks, and four stolen bases, hitting .440/.548/.920.

That included two home runs in Sunday’s home run over Inland Empire.

Smith, who has thrown out seven of 15 runners (46.7%) trying to steal this season from behind the plate, also last week started once at third base and twice at second base.

“Being able to be flexible, bouncing around, playing third a little bit, playing second base, playing catcher,” Quakes manager Drew Saylor told Craig Minami on Sunday, “I think that helps him.”

This is the second weekly honor for the Quakes this season. Pitcher Mitch White, the Dodgers’ second-round pick in 2016, won the Cal League Pitcher of the Week for the first 11 days of the season.