Colorado’s Brenton Doyle named National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet; Minnesota’s Jose Miranda named American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet

Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Kevin Pillar Claims Play of the Week with Home Run Robbery

July 8th, 2024

Colorado Rockies outfielder Brenton Doyle has been selected the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and Minnesota Twins third baseman Jose Miranda has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet.

Doyle earned his first Player of the Week Award and is the first member of the Rockies to win since his teammate Nolan Jones claimed the honors last year on October 3rd. Just last week, Doyle claimed his first career Electric Play of the Week Award, making him the first Rockies player to win both Player of the Week and Electric Play of the Week. Miranda also claimed his first career honor and is the second Twins player to win this season, following his teammate All-Star teammate Carlos Correa, who won on May 17th.

Brenton Doyle, Colorado Rockies (@bdoyle_22)

  • The 26-year-old hit .524 (11-for-21) with four homers, nine RBI, four doubles, four walks, five runs scored, a stolen base, a 1.268 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage in six games last week.
  • The Virginia native led the Majors in slugging, OPS (1.886) and extra-base hits (8); tied for the lead in total bases (27); ranked second in batting average and on-base percentage; tied for second in homers and doubles; tied for third in hits (11); and tied for fourth in RBI.
  • The 2023 Rawlings Gold Glover hit two home runs on Monday against Milwaukee, marking his second career multi-homer game (first: 5/15/2023 vs CIN). He finished the game with three hits, three RBI, a walk and three runs scored, marking the fourth time in his career that he has reached base four times, all of which have occurred in 2024 (also: 6/18, 5/29 and 4/25).
  • The fourth-round pick in the 2019 Draft had four straight multi-hit games from Monday through Friday, recording a double in each of the games. He became the fifth player across MLB this season with four straight multi-hit games including a double and the first Rockies player to accomplish the feat since Raimel Tapia from June 2-5, 2021.
  • The Shepherd University product is one of four players in the Majors with at least 25 extra-base hits, 20 stolen bases and 10 homers, joining Bobby Witt Jr., Elly De La Cruz and Jarren Duran. Doyle has 11 homers and 20 stolen bases this season and is the second Rockies player ever to reach 10 homers and 20 stolen bases before the All-Star break, joining Charlie Blackmon’s first half in 2015 (11 HR, 23 SB).

Jose Miranda, Minnesota Twins (@jfmp_)

  • The 26-year-old hit .700 (14-for-20) with a homer, six RBI, four doubles, one walk, seven runs scored, a 1.050 slugging percentage and a .727 on-base percentage in six games last week.
  • The Puerto Rico native led the Majors in batting average, on-base percentage and hits (14); ranked second in slugging and OPS (1.777) tied for second in doubles; and tied for fifth in total bases (21).
  • From the eighth inning on Wednesday through the fourth inning on Saturday, Miranda had a hit in 12 consecutive at-bats and reached base safely in 13 consecutive plate appearances. His 12 consecutive at-bats with a hit tied the Major League record and was the longest streak since Walt Dropo also had a hit in 12 straight at-bats during the 1952 season. He set a new Twins’ record with his 13 straight plate appearances in which he reached safely.
  • The second-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft had a career-high five hits on Thursday against Detroit, hitting three doubles with three RBI and a career-high four runs scored. He became the ninth player in Twins’ history with five hits and four runs scored in a game and the first since Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett on August 30, 1987.
  • The Leadership Christian Academy product followed up his five-hit game with a four-hit game on Friday against Houston, becoming the first Twin with back-to-back four-hit games since 2024 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Mauer on April 15-16, 2013. Overall, it was the 11th time in Minnesota’s history that a player had back-to-back four hit games.

Other noteworthy AL performances last week included All-Star shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (.500, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 1 BB, 7 R, 1.000 SLG, .500 OBP) and starting pitcher Brady Singer (1-1, 1.50 ERA, 2 GS, 12.0 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 11 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers (.375, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 1 3B, 5 BB, 7 R, 1 SB, .833 SLG) and starting pitcher Kutter Crawford (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 11 SO) of the Boston Red Sox; outfielder Brent Rooker (.500, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 6 R, 2 SB, .950 SLG, .560 OBP) of the Oakland Athletics; starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 11 SO) of the Texas Rangers; New York Yankees rookie first baseman Ben Rice (.273, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1 2B, 2 BB, 4 R, .864 SLG), who set a franchise rookie record with three home runs on Friday; All-Star starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (1-0, 2.77 ERA, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 20 SO) and rookie second baseman Colt Keith (.375, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 3B, 2 BB, 5 R, 1 SB, .833 SLG) of the Detroit Tigers; All-Star designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (.368, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 4 BB, 8 R, .947 SLG) of the Houston Astros; third baseman Lenyn Sosa (.440, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 2B, 4 R, 1 SB) of the Chicago White Sox; starting pitcher Grayson Rodriguez (2-0, 2.19 ERA, 2 GS, 12.1 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 16 SO) and closer Craig Kimbrel (0.00 ERA, 4 G, 4/4 SV, 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles; and starting pitcher Yariel Rodríguez (1-1, 0.71 ERA, 2 GS, 12.2 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 12 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Other noteworthy NL performances for the week included first baseman Christian Walker (.407, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 1 2B, 3 BB, 9 R, 1.000 SLG, .467 OB) and catcher Gabriel Moreno (.455, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 2B, 2 BB, 3 R, 1 SB, .727 SLG, .500 OBP) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; second baseman Luis García Jr. (.500, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 1 2B, 2 BB, 5 R, 1 SB, 1.000 SLG, .545 OBP) and outfielder Jesse Winker (.421, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 2B, 4 BB, 8 R, .895 SLG, .522 OBP) of the Washington Nationals; outfielder Christian Yelich (.393, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 2B, 4 BB, 8 R, 1 SB, .893 SLG, .469 OBP) of the Milwaukee Brewers; and starting pitcher Sean Manaea (0.69 ERA, 2 GS, 13.0 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, 11 SO) of the New York Mets.

Electric Play of the Week presented by Chevrolet

Home Run Robbery by Kevin Pillar of the Los Angeles Angels

July 4th at the Oakland Coliseum – Watch It Here

Center fielder Kevin Pillar of the Los Angeles Angels earned his second career Play of the Week Award after he previously won on May 4, 2019. On Friday, Pillar reached 10.000 years of Major League service time. It is the third award in Angels’ history after the club won for a triple play last year on August 21st and David Fletcher won on August 17, 2020. With the game scoreless in the bottom of the first inning, JJ Bleday hit a ball to deep center field, forcing Pillar to range back and time his jump to take the home run away. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Joey Loperfido’s acrobatic catch at the wall; Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s incredible catch near the wall; Kyle Isbel’s catch against the wall; Wyatt Langford’s leaping catch at the wall; and Masyn Winn’s diving stop and glove flip to start the double play.