Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named American League Player of the Week for June 18-24. It is the first Player of the Week honor of the season for Cruz, the 2nd such honor he has earned with the Mariners, and the 5th of his career.
Cruz hit .500 (12×24) with 8 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, 2 walks, a .538 on-base percentage and a 1.042 slugging percentage (1.580 OPS) in 6 games during the week. He hit safely in each of those 6 games and reached base via hit or walk 14 times during that span. Cruz tied for the American League lead in batting average for the week, while also ranking 2nd in hits, slugging percentage, OPS and extra-base hits; T2nd in runs and home runs; 4th in on-base percentage and 5th in RBI.
This is Cruz’s 5th career Player of the Week honor, having won the award once with the Mariners (April 19, 2015), twice with Baltimore (June 2 and Sept. 8, 2014) and once with Texas (May 24, 2010).
Overall this season, Cruz is batting .274 (66×241) with 33 runs, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 20 home runs, 48 RBI, 10 HBP, 22 walks, a .358 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage (.930 OPS) in 65 games with the Mariners. The right-handed slugger is T4th in the American League in home runs, while also ranking 6th in slugging, 7th in OPS, T14th in RBI and 19th in on-base percentage. Since May 24, Cruz has hit safely in 23 of his last 30 games, batting .336 (37×110) with 21 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 30 RBI, 3 HBP, 12 walks, a .413 on-base percentage and a .745 slugging percentage (1.158 OPS).