Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 29th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Schoop hit .379 (11-for-29) with six runs scored, a double, five home runs and 13 RBI over six games played to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award, previously winning last season for the period ending July 23rd. Among qualified AL leaders, Jonathan finished the week tied for first in home runs, RBI and total bases (27); third in slugging percentage (.931); tied for third in extra-base hits (6); tied for fifth in hits; and tied for ninth in runs scored. This is Baltimore’s second weekly award of the 2018 season, following his former teammate Manny Machado (April 22nd).
Schoop, who signed with the Orioles as a free agent in 2008, enters play today in the midst of a career-best 12-game hitting streak dating back to July 13th. On Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, the 2017 AL All-Star went 3-for-6 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBI to lead the Orioles to a 15-5 victory. With the round-tripper, Schoop became the seventh second baseman (eighth time) since at least 1908 to homer in five consecutive games, joining Brian Dozier (September 2-6, 2016), Chase Utley (May 28-June 2, 2008; April 17-21, 2008), Jose Castillo (May 26-31, 2006), Robby Thompson (August 20-24, 1993), and Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg (August 7-11, 1989) and Rogers Hornsby (June 2-9, 1928). In addition, the Curaçao native became the first second baseman, and 17th player overall, to notch a multi-hit game with a home run in five consecutive games. All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so from September 1-4, 2015. The 26-year-old Schoop is enjoying his best month of the 2018 season, batting .360 (36-for-100) with 14 runs scored, seven doubles, nine home runs and 19 RBI across 24 games.
Other noteworthy performances last week included third baseman Matt Chapman (.462, 9 R, 7 XBH, 6 RBI), outfielder Khris Davis (6 R, 8 H, 5 HR, 13 RBI) and closer Blake Treinen (3 G, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA) of the surging Oakland Athletics; starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO) and infielder Neil Walker (.579, 4 R, 11 H, .600 OBP) of the New York Yankees; All-Star backstop Salvador Perez (.414, 6 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; Francisco Arcia, who posted a Major League-record 10 RBI across his first two career games, and All-Star Mike Trout (.368, 7 R, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; and infielder Lourdes Gurriel (.483, 14 H, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Jonathan Schoop will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.