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Astros rookie Tyler White named American League Player of the Week

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Tyler White wins the starting first base job in Spring and wins AL Player of the Week in week one.

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Tyler White is easily the foremost feel-good story of Houston Astros Spring Training. Now he's the feel-good story of the first week of baseball. Major League baseball announced that White has been named American League Player of the Week.

White, 25, batted .556 (10x18) with three runs scored, three home runs, nine RBIs, .591 OBP, and a 1.758 OPS. White safely in the Astros' first five games and he has reached base in all six games. White set a team record for total hits through a player's first five games.

White currently leads the American League in hits and RBIs and tied for second in home runs.

A 33rd round pick out Western Carolina in the 2013 MLB Draft, White beat out 20-plus first round picks in that draft class to the Major Leagues. White replaced incumbent first baseman Jon Singleton, who is currently midway through a 5-year, $10 million contract.

White batted .353 (18x51) with three home runs, 12 RBIs, and a 1.031 OPS this Spring Training before continuing his hot start in the Majors.