Last week was a big one for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and White Sox left fielder Eloy Jiménez who put up incredible numbers this week in their respective league. The two Chicago sluggers earned recognition for their great statistics when they were named the National League and American League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason earlier today.
And you say Chi City! Eloy Jiménez & Kris Bryant are your Players of the Week.
— MLB (@MLB) September 16, 2019
Bryant has racked up an abundance of accolades during his career, including the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2015 and the NL MVP Award the year after that, but surprisingly this is his first NL Player of the Week Award.
The 27-year-old hit .500 in 22 ABs with five home runs, 13 RBIs and a 1.720 OPS in six games, including a pair of multihomer games this past week. With two homers on Sunday against the Pirates, Bryant reached the 30 home run mark for the first time since his MVP 2016 season. He’s the first Cub to earn NL Player of the Week honors since Anthony Rizzo last August.
Jiménez, meanwhile, is closing out his rookie year with a statement. The 22-year-old posted a .435/.500/.870 batting line with three homers and 11 RBIs in six games this past week. Dating back to Aug. 29, Jiménez’s OPS is 1.070. Jiménez becomes the second White Sox player to earn the AL Player of the Week Award this season, joining Lucas Giolito. Last weeks Player of the Week nominees were Ketel Marte and Austin Meadows who were hoping to give their wild card competitors a boost in the playoff race.