Redbirds' Pham Named PCL Player of the Week

By Don Wade

To coin a really corny phrase, he was Phamtastic.

Memphis Redbirds outfielder Tommy Pham has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week after hitting a league-leading .500 from Aug. 4-10.

(Allison Rhoades/Memphis Redbirds)

After hitting a league-leading .500 from Aug. 4-10, Memphis Redbirds outfielder Tommy Pham has been named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week. In addition to batting .500 (14-for-28), Pham hit two home runs, drove in seven runs, scored 0 runs and stole four stolen bases in seven games.

He had a .750 slugging percentage with a 1.309 OPS hitting out of the leadoff spot. And he had at least one hit in every game except one, recording four multi-hit games.

Pham, a nine-year minor-league veteran, became the first player in Redbirds history to compile four hits, four RBIs and score four runs in a game. He also broke into the franchise record books by becoming the first player to notch back-to-back four-hit games Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 against New Orleans.

On the season, Pham is batting .345 (91-for-264) in 84 games with nine home runs, 36 RBIs, 46 runs scored and a team-best four triples and 13 stolen bases. Since May 3, he has a .377 (86-for-228) batting average, highest in the PCL over that span.

He is the third Redbirds player to win a weekly award this season, joining pitchers Tim Cooney (May 26 to June 1) and Tyler Lyons (July 28 to Aug. 3), and first Redbirds position player to win the Player of the Week honor since Andrew Brown in 2011.

Pham entered the season as St. Louis’ No. 23 top prospect and “Best Defensive Outfielder” as rated by Baseball America. He was drafted in the 16th round of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Durango (Nev.) High School.