The Springfield Cardinals' Aaron Herr and Travis Hanson had a lot
more in common than the fact that there names both begin with the letter
"H" when they were named as the Texas League co-Players of the Week
for June 27--July 3.
For one, their batting averages were both well-over .400, with Herr
batting .444 for the week (8-18) and Hanson going 10 for 21 to reach a
batting average of .476 for the week. Herr scored five runs on three
homers and had seven RBI in five games, while Hanson scored four runs, had
two homers and also hit seven RBI in five games.
Hanson's on-base percentage was .500 and his slugging percentage was
an astonishing .952. Herr reached base at a clip of .474 and slugged
an even 1.000 after hitting a homerun in three consecutive games
between June 27 and 29.
On the season, Hanson is batting .287 with 17 homeruns and 50 RBI in
78 games and Herr stands at .296 for the season with 11 homeruns and 40
RBI in 56 games.
Herr went 3-4 on June 27 against Corpus Christi with a homerun.
Hanson went 2-4 against the Hooks and also hit a homerun. Herr was a perfect
2-2 in a June 29 win over Corpus Christi hitting a homerun and having
two RBI. Hanson was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI in that same game
and finished off the week against Wichita on July 2, going 2-4 with two
runs scored, a homerun and four RBI.
Herr, 24, the son of former St. Louis Cardinal infielder Tommy Herr,
was selected by Atlanta in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft
out of Princeton University. Herr signed with the Springfield
Cardinals this season as a free agent in April. In five seasons of professional
baseball Herr had a career average of .254 heading into the 2005 season
with 31 career homeruns and 152 RBI in 402 games.
Hanson, 24, was selected by the Cardinals organization in the ninth
round of the 2002 draft out of the University of Portland. Hanson had a
career average of .278 heading into the 2005 season with 15 homeruns
and 153 RBI in 268 games.