Smokies Win League Awards

The Smokies’ Ryan Flaherty and Robert Whitenack were named the Southern League player and pitcher of the week, respectively, for the week of May 16th through May 22nd. These are the first league awards in 2011 for the Smokies.

Through May 23, Flaherty leads the Southern League 46 RBI, and ranks second in homeruns with 10.  Flaherty, who is currently riding a seven game hitting streak, went 10-for-22 with 2 homeruns and 11 RBI for the week.  The Portland, ME native was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (41st overall) of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

After being sent up to Tennessee on April 27, Whitenack has made his mark in the Smokies pitching rotation.  He is currently 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts.  In the past week, he is 1-0 with eight strikeouts in two starts.  The North Massapequa, NY native was selected by the Cubs in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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