This award is getting to be old hat for Billy Butler. Kansas City's designated hitter was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday, the fourth time in his career that he's earned that recognition. Butler, 26 years old, batted .458 (11-for-24) in seven games last week.
Butler, who was last named the Player of the Week on August 1 of last season, thrived away from home last week. He notched three doubles, one home run, five walks and six RBIs. Butler ranked first among AL players in on-base percentage (.552) and hits, and second in batting average and doubles.
All of Butler's offense came on the road last week and much of his success came in the middle of the week. Butler homered off All-Star Jered Weaver on Wednesday, and he doubled twice and walked in Thursday's loss to Seattle. Butler's two doubles were Kansas City's only hits on Thursday.
Butler, who has 16 doubles this year, is one of just eight players in Royals franchise history to reach 200 doubles. Butler has 156 -- second among all AL players -- since 2009. Only Robinson Cano has had more over that span. Butler has had at least 22 doubles in each of his first five seasons.
Butler, the 14th overall selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, singled three times against the Mariners on Saturday, marking his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. Butler, for the season, has 39 multi-hit games, second among all AL hitters. He's also ninth among AL batters in hits (115).
Butler was chosen over a group of talented performers that include Chicago slugger Paul Konerko (.435 average with three homers), Orioles infielder Omar Quintanilla (.423 with four extra-base hits) and Minnesota outfielder Denard Span (.458 with 11 hits). There were also three pitchers -- Minnesota starter Scott Diamond, Texas starter Scott Feldman and Seattle closer Tom Wilhelmsen -- in the mix.