Aaron Judge, Merrill Kelly named Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet

August 1st, 2022

All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees has been chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet for the second consecutive week, and starting pitcher Merrill Kelly of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Judge earned his sixth career Player of the Week Award and his second in a row. Aaron is the first Yankee to receive consecutive honors since his former teammate Gary Sánchez in August 2016. This also represents three consecutive Yankee weekly awards for the first time since Graig Nettles, Hall of Famer Rich “Goose” Gossage and Ron Guidry accomplished the feat in 1978. Kelly claimed his first career Player of the Week Award and is Arizona’s first winner since Tyler Gilbert won after tossing a no-hitter in August 2021.

Aaron Judge, New York Yankees (@thejudge44)

  • The four-time All-Star delivered a .348/.483/1.000 slash line with seven runs scored, eight hits, five home runs, 10 RBI and a stolen base over six games played.
  • Clubbed his 42nd home run of the season on Saturday against Kansas City, which was also his 200th career round-tripper. Reached the milestone in 671 career games, becoming the second-fastest player in MLB history to reach the mark (Ryan Howard, 658 games).
  • The two-time Silver Slugger Award winner became the fourth player (fifth time) in Major League history to log 42 homers through his Club’s first 102 games of a season, joining Mark McGwire (1998), Barry Bonds (2001) and Hall of Famer Babe Ruth, who accomplished the feat twice (1921 & 1928).
  • Delivered his third walk-off homer of the campaign on Thursday, which tied Mickey Mantle (1959) for the franchise’s single-season record.
  • Recorded his Major League-leading ninth multi-homer game of the season on Friday night at Yankee Stadium. His nine such outings are the most by a Yankee in a single season in Club history, and he became the first player in Baseball history to register nine multi-homer outings through his team’s first 101 games of a season.

Merrill Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks (@mertman29)

  • The four-year veteran tossed 15.0 scoreless innings and earned the victory in his lone decision. Tallied 15 punchouts and permitting just two walks and six hits.
  • Tossed at least 7.0 frames while notching seven-or-more punchouts and not surrendering more than three hits in both outings. Marked just the seventh such two-start streak in team history and the first since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson in 2004.
  • Posted his strongest month of the 2022 season in July, compiling a perfect 4-0 record with a 1.31 ERA and 33:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio over six starts and 41.1 innings of work.
  • The Arizona State University product became the third D-backs pitcher (fifth time) to post an ERA below 1.40 with a minimum of six starts in a calendar month, joining Dan Haren (June 2008) and Johnson, who accomplished the feat three times during his Cy Young Award-winning seasons (July 1999, April 2000, April 2002).

Other noteworthy AL performances for the week included All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman (.471, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays; outfielder Anthony Santander (.444, 5 R, 12 H, 3 HR) of the Baltimore Orioles; infielder Jeimer Candelario (.357, 4 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; All-Star designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (.348, 6 R, 4 XBH, 5 RBI) of the Houston Astros; All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.360, 9 H, 4 2B, 7 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; and All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase (4 G, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 4 SO) of the Cleveland Guardians.

Other noteworthy NL performances last week included All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor (.556, 4 R, 10 H, 3 2B) of the New York Mets; All-Star third baseman Austin Riley (.435, 10 H, 8 2B, 5 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; third baseman Alec Bohm (.484, 8 R, 15 H, 3 2B) of the Philadelphia Phillies; infielder and reigning NL Rookie of the Year Jonathan India (.429, 7 R, 12 H, 6 XBH) of the Cincinnati Reds; outfielder Jurickson Profar (.364, 6 R, 3 HR, 6 RBI) of the San Diego Padres; and infielder Kevin Newman (.455, 10 H, 4 2B, 2 SB) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Diving Catch by Ben Gamel of the Pittsburgh Pirates

July 25th at Wrigley Field – Watch It Here

Outfielder Ben Gamel of the Pittsburgh Pirates earned his first career Play of the Week Award and is Pittsburgh’s first winner since Gregory Polanco in September 2021. In the bottom of the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Gamel sprinted to deep left field and made a fully extended diving catch to take away an extra-base hit. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Aaron Judge’s home run-robbing catch of rookie MJ Melendez; George Springer’s diving snag in center field; Tony Kemp’s leaping grab in left-center field; and Jeff McNeil’s barehanded play on a softly hit ground ball up the middle.