The International League announced July 21 that Toledo outfielder Brent Clevlen was named the league’s Batter of the Week for the All-Star-break-shortened period from July 14 to 20.
One day after the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game, Clevlen smashed two home runs and surged to the IL Batter of the Week Award. Exactly one year later, he did it again. Clevlen hit .400, smashed three homers and scored a league-best six runs in four games from July 14 to 20. Clevlen started and went 1-4 for the International League at the Triple-A All-Star Game July 16. He followed that by homering twice the next day in Pawtucket, his first time going deep since June 20. Clevlen would add one more blast July 20 as part of an effort that helped the Mud Hens earn a split of the four-game series against the Red Sox. The performance raised his batting average to .302, which at the time was good for seventh best in the league. He is also near the top of the circuit in RBI (tied for third) and slugging percentage (fifth).
The 24-year-old Clevlen is in his seventh season in the Tigers organization. His first action above the Double-A level came in 2006 when he played in 31 games with the Tigers (hitting .282). Last season, hampered by pain from a broken ring finger, he hit .220 in 90 games for Toledo and .100 in 13 games with Detroit. Clevlen is a native of Austin, Texas.