Michael Brantley named American League Player of the Week
Michael Brantley has been named the AL Player of the Week for June 9-15.
Brantley batted .538 (14-for-26) with three doubles, two homers, three walks, three RBI and nine runs scored in seven games to grab his first career weekly honor and the first for the Tribe this season. The last Indians player to receive a Player of the Week nod was second baseman Jason Kipnis on July 1, 2013.
Michael led all Major League hitters in batting average, runs scored and on-base percentage (.625), and was tops in the A.L. in hits, total bases (23) and times on base (20). Additionally, he was second in the Junior Circuit in slugging percentage (.885) and was tied for third in extra-base hits (5).
Brantley, one of 22 current second-generation Major Leaguers, is batting .322 (85-for-264) this season with 17 doubles, 11 homers, 45 RBI and 49 runs scored in 68 games. Defensively, Michael’s eight outfield assists trail only Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland for the A.L. lead.
He hit a crucial walk-off homer on May 19 vs. the Tigers, setting off a three-game sweep after a four-game losing streak.
Brantley’s ranks among American League outfielders:
- Average: 2nd, .323
- RBI: 3rd, 46
- Extra-base hits: 2nd, 29
- OPS: 3rd, .913
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