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Norwin grad JJ Matijevic makes MLB Pipeline prospect team of week

Bill Beckner
Norwin grad JJ Matijevic has six home runs in his past 10 games since returning from a 50-game suspension June 21.

JJ Matijevic is leaping and hip-bumping teammates, smiling and chomping on wads of gum as he revels in one of the hottest streaks of his professional baseball career.

He looks like a kid enjoying the game again.

Matijevic, a corner infielder and outfielder for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, has been on a tear since returning from a 50-game suspension for failing a drug of abuse test for a second time.

As a result, the former Norwin star was recognized by being named to MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week.

The 23-year-old who played college baseball at Arizona was suspended in April and came back in late June. Since, he is hitting .276, with nine homers and 20 RBIs.

Four of his six hits last week (.429) went for extra bases, including three homers, and he drove in seven — thus, his spot on the Pipeline team.

In 55 minor league games this season, he is batting .263 with 11 homers and 29 RBIs. He played five games with the Class A-Advanced Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

Matijevic has 40 homers and 122 RBIs in 215 career minor league games.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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