Offensive stud: Ty France (3B, Mariners). France retains his title after adding another hit to his ledger yesterday and extending what is now a seven-game hitting streak. During the past week, he’s hit .400 with 4 home runs, 7 RBI and 7 runs scored, while slugging .833. He hammered out two 3 hit performances in a row, on August 19 and August 20 against Houston and Texas, respectively. He’s had 3-plus hits 11 times this season.
Honorable mention: Tyler Naquin (CF, Reds; .500/.542/1.273, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R). He’s riding a 13-game hitting streak.
Offensive dud: Jahmai Jones (2B, Orioles). After hitting .429 in a 3-game cup of coffee last season, Jones returned to the big leagues with a thud this year to the tune of an 0-for-4 performance with 3 strikeouts and an error his first game back. The middle infielder, the Angels’ second round pick in 2015, is in his first season in the Orioles system after being traded to Baltimore in February for pitcher Alex Cobb. Though he has speed on the basepaths, he’s not much of hitter, sporting a .257 average over six minor league campaigns.
Dishonorable mention: Josh Palacios (OF, Blue Jays; 0-for-4, 4 K).
Pitching stud: Charlie Morton (SP, Braves). Morton’s line has been pretty middling his past couple starts—in 11 innings, he has a 4.91 ERA, and he took a loss. But he also struck out 18 batters, close to two per frame, on average, allowed just one walk and batters hit .214 against him. And despite his recent elevated ERA, his mark is still just 3.17 since the start of June. Morton, who leads the National League in games started, has struck out 173 batters and surrendered just 112 hits in 145 innings this year.
Honorable mention: Chris Flexen (SP; Mariners; 2-0, 13 2/3 IP, 1.32 ERA, .204 OBA). A few more Ks and he would’ve been the stud.
Dishonorable mention: Noe Ramirez (RP, Diamondbacks). Ramirez retains his title after allowing 3 earned runs on 4 walks and 2 hits over his past three appearances. Opposing hitters managed a .462 on-base percentage, .556 slugging and 1.017 OPS against him; Garrett Hampson, hitting .240 with a .384 slugging mark, clobbered a home run off him. In his most recent showing, he threw less than half his pitches for strikes. Arizona lost each of the games in which he pitched—no surprise.
Dishonorable mention: Alex Colome (RP, Twins; 1 G, 1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 18.00 ERA, 1 BSV).