Louisville Bats infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren has won the International League batting title with an average of .327. Iribarren, who was recently promoted to the Cincinnati Reds, finished the Triple-A season with 122 hits in 373 at bats. He becomes the first Louisville player since the franchise joined the IL in 1998 to win the batting title.
Iribarren was also named the International League postseason Utility All-Star, becoming the first Louisville player to be named a postseason All-Star since Billy Hamilton in 2013. Iribarren completed the season with 20 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI and 46 runs scored. He played eight of the nine positions, the only one he did not play is catcher in 2016.
"It's huge for him," Bryan Price said. "A player 31-32 years old, you mind can drift and wonder why you're still playing minor league baseball. For him it meant that he had to get better. We got rave reviews all year about his work ethic. Having that work ethic, being a smart player, being a player that makes the players around him better has value. He played every where (eight positions except catcher). There is a lot of benefits that he can bring to a team."