Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has been named the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week.
Alonso earned his first career Player of the Week Award and is the second Mets player to be awarded weekly honors in 2019, joining his teammate Noah Syndergaard (May 6th). The University of Florida product is the Mets’ first position player to accomplish the feat since Asdrúbal Cabrera for the week ending August 29, 2016. Trout claimed his fifth career AL Player of the Week Award and his second of the 2019 campaign (also April 7th). Mike tied Tim Salmon for the second-most weekly awards in franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan (6).
In recognition of their Player of the Week Awards, Pete Alonso and Mike Trout will each be awarded a specially engraved watch courtesy of Artinian.
Pete Alonso, New York Mets (@pistol_pete20):
Alonso osted a slash line of .417/.548/1.042 with seven runs scored, 10 hits, three doubles, four home runs, seven RBI and seven walks over seven games played.
The first baseman hit his 27th home run of the season yesterday against the Chicago Cubs, surpassing Darryl Strawberry (26) for the most home runs in a single season by a rookie in franchise history.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 27 round-trippers are the fourth-most by a rookie before the All-Star break in MLB history, trailing eventual Rookies of the Year Mark McGwire (33), Aaron Judge (30) and José Abreu (29).
Entering play Monday, he paces qualified Major League rookies in runs scored (50), hits (77), extra-base hits (46), home runs, RBI (61), walks (32) and slugging percentage (.642).
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (@miketrout):
Trout batted .483 (14-for-29) with seven runs scored, two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, four walks, a stolen base and a .559 on-base percentage across seven games.
On Wednesday, Trout recorded his second multi-homer game of the season (also April 5th) to go along with a career-high seven RBI, becoming the first Angels player to log at least two homers and seven RBI in a single contest since his former teammate Torii Hunter on July 4, 2010.
Trout eclipsed the 20-homer mark for the eighth consecutive season in the aforementioned outing. He became the seventh player in Major League history to post eight seasons of 20-or-more home runs prior to turning 28 years old, joining fellow Most Valuable Players Giancarlo Stanton and Alex Rodriguez, as well as Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Mantle and Mel Ott.
Trout enters play Monday with 22 home runs on the year, which marks the fourth time in his career in which he totaled at least 20-or-more homers before the All-Star break.
Other noteworthy NL performances last week included Alonso’s teammate Jeff McNeill (.407, 6 R, 6 XBH, 7 RBI); All-Star third baseman Manny Machado (.444, 12 H, 4 2B, 3 HR) of the San Diego Padres; starting pitcher Walker Buehler (1-0, 1 CG, 16 SO, 0 BB) and shortstop/outfielder Chris Taylor (.417, 6 R, 5 XBH, 11 RBI) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; outfielder Juan Soto (.476, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 2 SB) of the Washington Nationals; outfielder Alex Dickerson (.417, 4 XBH, 9 RBI, 1.000 SLG) of the San Francisco Giants; third baseman Brian Anderson (.357, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and starter Jordan Yamamoto (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 14 SO) of the Miami Marlins; All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman (.375, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; and closer Felipe Vázquez (4 G, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 4 SO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Other noteworthy AL performances were Trout’s teammate Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 9 SO); shortstop J.P. Crawford (.370, 6 R, 10 H, 7 RBI) and outfielder Domingo Santana (.370, 7 R, 6 XBH, 10 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; infielder Danny Santana (.381, 6 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; starting pitcher Homer Bailey (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 11 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; second baseman Jason Kipnis (.417, 6 R, 3 XBH, 10 RBI) and first baseman Carlos Santana (.348, 7 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; rookie outfielder Yordan Alvarez (.296, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) of the Houston Astros; infielder DJ LeMahieu (.435, 10 R, 4 XBH, 10 RBI), backstop Gary Sánchez (.375, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) and starter CC Sabathia, who earned his 250th career victory on Wednesday, of the New York Yankees.