Monday, April 26, 2010
Kendry Morales Named AL Player Of The Week
KENDRY MORALES OF THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM NAMED THE
BANK OF AMERICA PRESENTS THE AMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Kendry Morales has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 25th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America’s long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
In seven games last week, Kendry hit a Major League-best .542 (13-24) with seven runs scored, 22 total bases, three home runs and an A.L.-best 10 RBI. Morales also posted a .917 slugging percentage and a .593 on-base percentage. On April 21st against the Detroit Tigers, the Cuban native took a first inning pitch deep for a two-run homer, marking his 50th career home run and making him the fourth fastest in club history to reach that milestone. In the first contest of a three-game series against the New York Yankees on Friday, the switch-hitting slugger delivered a two-run, go-ahead shot from the left side of the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Angels to a 6-4 win. On Sunday, the 26-year-old took another ball deep for a three-run shot in the seventh inning to solidify an 8-4 victory over the Yankees. Morales currently leads the Angels with a .329 batting average, six home runs and 16 RBI, in addition to a .372 on-base percentage and .469 slugging percentage. This marks Kendry’s second career weekly award (previous: 8/3/09).
Other noteworthy performances included Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who tied for the Major League lead with four home runs and led the A.L. with a 1.150 slugging percentage. Also considered were two young left-handed starters: Tampa Bay Rays third-year man David Price, who posted a 1.93 ERA and notched his first career complete-game shutout, and Chicago White Sox hurler John Danks, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and 14 strikeouts. Another notable performance was turned in by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, who led the Majors with six doubles while also collecting eight RBI.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Kendry Morales, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.