The Baltimore Orioles might be the worst team in the American League when it comes to record, but this 2021 team has some exciting players, including the American League Player of the Week, Ryan Mountcastle.
It was announced by Major League Baseball Monday that the young Oriole slugger earned the honor, alongside Patrick Wisdom for the National League.
Mountcastle had the best week of his career, going 11-for-24 with four home runs and three doubles, while tallying 10 RBI along the way. His .458/.480/1.083 slash line was a fantastic showing of why the O’s are so high on this guy’s abilities at the plate.
Needless to say, Mountcastle has struggled in his first full season in the big leagues. He has struck out 65 times in 197 at-bats and hit just .190 in the month of April. But Mountcastle started to turn the corner in May, hitting .256 with four home runs and 14 RBI.
The Orioles went 5-2 this past week, and there’s no doubt that Mountcastle played a large part in the team’s success. He is someone that the Orioles need to get hot in order to help this team keep improving.
Now improving his batting average to .254 on the season, Mountcastle is fifth in hits by an American League rookie (50) and is tied for second in home runs in that same category (8). He also has 30 RBI, which is third among American League rookies.
With a little more than three and a half months left in the 2021 season, Mountcastle has plenty of games left to cement his Rookie of the Year case. And with a week like he had, ‘Lord Mountcastle’ showed why his future looks so bright in Birdland.