FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu and Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager have been named the American League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending April 27th. This is the first career weekly honor for both players.
Abreu batted .310 (9-for-29) with one double, five homers, 14 RBI and eight runs scored in seven games to become the first White Sox rookie to win A.L. Player of the Week since infielder Josh Fields on September 24, 2007. Among Major League leaders, Jose finished first in RBI and total bases (25) and tied Seager for tops overall in home runs.
The Cuban slugger also matched Seager for the A.L. lead in runs scored and was second in the Junior Circuit in slugging percentage (.862).
Seager batted .409 (9-for-22) during his award-winning week, launching five homers with 11 RBI over six games. Among Major League hitters, Kyle was first in slugging percentage (1.091), second in total bases (24) and third overall in RBI.
On Wednesday, Seager accounted for all five Mariners runs as the lefty-swinging North Carolina native launched a two-run homer in the seventh and a three-run, walk-off shot with one out in the ninth as the Mariners defeated the Houston Astros, 5-3. His five RBI established a new career high.
On Sunday, the 26-year-old enjoyed his second two-homer game of the week and his fourth straight multi-hit game as the Mariners topped the visiting Texas Rangers, 6-5. With his team trailing 5-3 in the eighth, the 2009 third-round draft pick belted a three-run blast, part of a four-RBI day, to give the Mariners the late lead in the victory.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Nelson Cruz (.296, 4 HR, 13 RBI) of the Baltimore Orioles; Erick Aybar (.480, 12 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; and Collin McHugh (2-0, 0.59 ERA, 15.1 IP, 19 SO) of the Houston Astros.
In recognition of their American League Co-Player of the Week Awards, Jose Abreu and Kyle Seager will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
Information courtesy of MLB Pressbox