Orioles first baseman/designated hitter Ryan Mountcastle has been named the American League Player of the Week. Mountcastle batted .458 (11-for-24) with four home runs, 10 RBIs, three doubles and seven runs scored and a 1.083 slugging percentage last week.
Mountcastle’s batting average increased from .225 to .254, and he homered in three straight games, the first Oriole to do so since Jonathan Schoop in 2014.
He also had at least one extra-base hit and RBI in six games, dating to May 31st. That ties for the second-longest streak in club history behind Reggie Jackson, who did it in seven straight, July 17-23, 1976.
The 24-year-old is the second Oriole to win the award this season. John Means’ no-hitter earned him the award on May 10th.
Mountcastle beat out his teammate, centerfielder Cedric Mullins, who hit .542, with hits in nine consecutive at-bats. Mullins also reached base in 11 straight plate appearances.
Note: Bowie right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez is the top pitching prospect in the minor leagues, according to Baseball America. Rodriguez is listed as the 11th-best prospect overall.
Adley Rutschman, Rodriguez’s catcher at Bowie, is the second overall prospect, and Bowie left-handed pitcher DL Hall is the 44th in Baseball America’s Top 100 list. Outfielder Heston Kjerstad is 78th and Delmarva infielder Gunnar Henderson is 90th.