Robert, De La Cruz slug their way to Players of the Week

June 27th, 2023

White Sox slugger Luis Robert Jr. and Reds phenom Elly De La Cruz were named the Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet on Monday, while Blue Jays outfielder George Springer nabbed Play of the Week honors for his diving catch against the A’s on Friday.

Robert batted .444 with an MLB-best 1.111 slugging percentage during the week. He crushed four homers over his six games, including two dingers on Sunday that helped the White Sox secure a series victory over the Red Sox. Robert’s 21 homers are the second most in the AL. He trails only the 25 dingers from Angels star Shohei Ohtani, the previous AL Player of the Week.

This is Robert’s first Player of the Week honor, and he is the first White Sox hitter to earn it since José Abreu in June 2021.

"The main key is being able to play every day. I’ve been healthy," Robert said via interpreter Billy Russo. "And that’s what you want. I have some ups and downs, but I think I’ve been consistent in my work and my routine. That’s probably the only thing you can control."

Meawnwhile, De La Cruz continued his fantastic introduction to the big leagues by slashing .440/.462/.880 with two homers, three doubles and two stolen bases over his previous six games. De La Cruz’s big week was highlighted by a cycle on Friday in just his 15th MLB game. The feat -- the first by a Reds player since 1989 -- was key to Cincinnati extending its winning streak to 12 games, the franchise’s longest since 1957.

De La Cruz is the third Red this season to be named Player of the Week, joining Nick Senzel and fellow rookie Matt McLain. He is the sixth rookie in either league to win it in 2023.

On the same night De La Cruz made some history, Springer made yet another incredible catch, robbing Oakland’s Jace Peterson of a hit in the ninth inning of a tie game.

This is old hat for Springer, who earned Play of the Week honors for another spectacular grab last month.