New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending September 24th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Judge batted .429 (9-for-21) with six runs scored, two doubles, five home runs and nine RBI over six games played to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award and his second of the 2017 season. Among his AL counterparts, the 25-year-old finished his strong week first in home runs, extra-base hits (7), total bases (26) and slugging percentage (1.238); tied for second in RBI; third in batting average and on-base percentage (.481); tied for fourth in runs scored; and tied for fifth in hits. This is the Yankees’ second AL Player of the Week Award this season, following Aaron’s honor earlier this season for the period ending June 11th.
On Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, Judge went 1-for-3 with a home run and his 100th RBI of the season. The Fresno State University product became the second rookie in Major League history to record at least 100 runs scored, 100 RBI and 100 walks in a single season, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1939). In addition, the slugging outfielder became the eighth Yankee in team history to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, as well as Charlie Keller, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams and George Selkirk. On Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, the Linden, California native notched his second home run in as many days as part of a multi-hit effort. The first inning solo shot extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one run scored to 12 contests, dating back to September 9th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other rookies in the past 65 years have posted a longer such streak – eventual Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols (13) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and Mike Trout (15) of the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. Additionally, Judge logged the longest such streak by a Yankees hitter since Johnny Damon’s 12-game streak in 2007. In Sunday’s afternoon tilt against Toronto, the All-Star rookie went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI. The multi-homer performance was his sixth two-homer output of the season. In today’s afternoon contest against the Kansas City Royals, Judge homered again, establishing a new team record for home runs in a month by a rookie, as well as matching Mark McGwire (49) for the Major League rookie record in a single season. According to Elias, Judge, who logged 10 home runs in both April and June, is the first rookie to club at least 10 home runs in three months within the same season.