Josh Lester named Texas League Player of the Week

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June 3, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
News story from Northwest Arkansas Naturals

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Minor League Baseball announced its Pitcher and Player of the Week honors for each of its respective Player Development Leagues, and Naturals’ infielder Josh Lester was named Texas League Player of the Week for his performance during the week of May 27 through June 2nd. It marks the second time a Natural has been recognized with a weekly award this year, as right-hander Chandler Champlain was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week earlier this season after his strong start on the road on May 15 against Arkansas.

In seven games last week against the Tulsa Drillers, Lester hit .435 (10-for-23) with two home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and five runs scored. The Georgia native entered the series last week with a .277 average, but is now at .299 after collecting 10 hits at ONEOK Field in Tulsa.

The veteran infielder was signed by the Kansas City Royals as a Minor League Free Agent on February 18, 2024. He is currently slashing .299/.370/.410 (43-for-144) in 41 games for the Naturals. His .299 batting average now leads the team while ranking in the top five in several other categories, including hits, total bases, home runs, doubles, RBI and OPS.

It marks the 42nd time in franchise history that a Naturals player has won the Player of the Week award, the last being Michael Massey for the week of May 23 through May 29 in 2022.

Billy Corcoran of the Amarillo Sod Poodles (Double-A Arizona Diamondbacks) was the Texas League’s Pitcher of the Week after pitching six shutout innings in a win at Arkansas on June 2.

The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas. For more information, including tickets, groups, stats and more, visit and follow us @NWANaturals (X/Instagram) and

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