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08/25/08 7:53 PM ET

Ka'aihue named Double-A's top player

Prospect leads Texas League in homers, despite promotion

KANSAS CITY -- Although Kila Ka'aihue hasn't played for Northwest Arkansas in almost a month, he still leads the Texas League with 26 home runs.

With that in mind, Texas League managers, beat writers and play-by-play announcers named him the Double-A league's Player of the Year.

Ka'aihue, a left-handed hitter now with Triple-A Omaha, batted .314, had 79 RBIs and scored 64 runs in 91 games for the Naturals before being promoted on July 30.

He and starting pitcher Dan Cortes, who is 9-4 with a 3.98 ERA in 22 starts for the Naturals, were named to the Texas League All-Star team.

Ka'aihue, a 15th-round Draft choice in 2002 from Honolulu, is a first baseman who has continued to hit well for Omaha. In his first 25 games, he batted .341 with nine homers and 17 RBIs.

Cortes, acquired from the White Sox in the 2006 Mike MacDougal trade, is a 6-foot-6 right-hander. Since the All-Star break, he has a 7-1 record.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.