by Mike Potter
Carolina Mudcats slugger Juan Francisco has been awarded for his efforts over the past few days, and has been named the Southern League's hitter of the week.
Francisco's week included five consecutive multi-hit games, including four straight three-hit games, as his average went up 19 points to .283.
Francisco (pictured) went 16-for-31 for the week for an uncanny .516 average, with three homers, nine RBI and seven doubles. He currently leads the league with 22 homers and 74 RBI.
Southpaw Jose Ortegano of the Mississippi Braves is the SL's pitcher of the week.