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MLB Player of the Week May 17–23

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Major League Baseball has announced the MLB Player Of The Week honors for this past week and it’s the New York Yankees Corey Kluber for the second time in a month in the American League along with The Detroit Tigers Spencer Turnbull while Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves getting the nod in the National League.

Kluber Gets Second MLB Player Of The Week Honors

Kluber no-hit his former team, The Texas Rangers, with a 2-0 win last week to earn his second Player Of The Week Honor.

Kluber now 4-2, 2.86 ERA and a WHIP of 1.172, has given the Yankees a nice starting rotation so far with his work and that of staff ace Gerrit Cole. Cole is 6-2 with a 1.81 ERA and a 0.804 WHIP. 

The total number of no-hitters now stands at six so far this season with the other being delivered last week by another pitcher in the American League, Spencer Turnbull.

Turnbull was selected in the second round, with the 63rd overall selection, of the 2014 MLB draft. His first full season in the Majors was 2019, where he endured a horrendous season on a Detroit Team that went 47-114.

Turnbull went 3–17 in 30 starts on the season, with a 4.61 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 148 innings. His 17 losses led the major leagues. He also had the lowest run support of all qualifying major league starters, at just 2.65 runs per game.

The shortened 2020 season was kinder to Turnbull who started 11 of the Tigers’ 58 games during the 2020 season, compiling a 4–4 record with a 3.97 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 58 innings.

Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves Gets National League MLB Player of the Week

Riley was drafted by the Braves in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft and made his MLB debut with them in 2019. Riley had .462/.464/1.308 slash line with six home runs, four doubles and 11 RBIs for the week. 

He is no stranger to accolades or awards either having won the National League Rookie of Month award in May 2019. That month he made his Major League Debut on May 15th and by June 1st had hit his eighth home run in 16 games.  

This was Riley’s first career MLB Player of the Week honor and the second for the Braves this season joining Ronald Acuña Jr. who was honored in April.

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