ROSEMONT, Ill. – Chicago Dogs All-Star first baseman Keon Barnum has been named the American Association’s Player of the Week.
The official statistician of the Association, Pointstreak, announced Monday afternoon that Barnum is this week’s honoree for the week ending July 21.
Over the course of the week, the Association’s home-run leader blasted the Sioux City Explorers and Gary SouthShore RailCats, smacking two home runs in two different games, pushing him to a league-leading 18 big flies on the season. Barnum hit .500 on the week (13-for-26), with four home runs and 14 runs batted in. The slugger racked up 27 total bases, and he amassed a 1.038 slugging percentage and 1.590 OPS for the week.
The Tampa, Florida native is in his first season with the Dogs and leads all active league players in home runs (18), slugging percentage (.662) and total bases (147). His .324 batting average also ranks in the top ten league-wide.
Barnum will participate in this evening’s American Association Home Run Derby as a part of “All-Star Monday” at CHS Field in St. Paul, which kicks off at 6:30 pm CT. Fans can follow along here.
The North Division’s starting first baseman, Barnum also joins his Dogs teammates Victor Roache and Luke Westphal in the American Association All-Star game tomorrow evening.
The Chicago Dogs return from the All-Star break with a home series against the Milwaukee Milkmen, starting with a 7:05 game on Wednesday night. Fans can tune in to The Chicago Dogs Baseball Network for a live broadcast of every Dogs game, with team broadcasters Sam Brief and Henrique DaMour on the call. Follow the team on social media — @TheChicagoDogs on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat — and use the hashtag #TakeABite. For more information, visit TheChicagoDogs.com.