Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week of April 18-24.
This past week Rasmus hit .316 (6x19) with five runs scored, one double, four home runs, 10 RBIs, one stolen base, one outfield assist, and a 1.458 OPS) in six games. Rasmus led the AL in OPS, home runs and slugging percentage (1.000 SLG).
Rasmus hit a grand slam on Saturday at proved to be the winning runs on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. On Sunday, he hit a two-out, two-run home to tie the game against Red Sox closer Craig Kimberly in the ninth inning.
This is Rasmus' second Player of the Week in his career. He won the National League Player of the Week award in 2010 for the week of May 31-June 6 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Rasmus joins Astros' Jose Altuve (co-winner with Mark Trumbo) and Tyler White who have each won the award the previous two weeks. The Astros are the first American League team to open the season with three straight Player of the Week award winners. It makes the feet by the Boston Red Sox in 2011: Carl Crawford (May 24-30), David Ortiz (May 31-June 5) and Jacoby Ellsbury (June 6-13) won it three weeks straight.