Ketel Marte, Austin Meadows named W.B. Mason Players of the Week

Oscar Mercado makes clutch, run-saving catch to claim Play of the Week

September 9th, 2019

All-Star shortstop Ketel Marte of the surging Arizona Diamondbacks has been chosen the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star outfielder Austin Meadows of the Tampa Bay Rays has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Marte earned his first career NL Player of the Week Award and is the third different D-backs winner this season, following his teammates Nick Ahmed (August 19th) and Eduardo Escobar (April 29th). Meadows claimed his second weekly honor of the 2019 season (also April 14th) and the third overall for the Rays (also Nate Lowe). Austin is the first Rays player to earn multiple awards in the same campaign since James Shields in 2011.

In recognition of their Player of the Week Awards, Ketel Marte and Austin Meadows will each be awarded a specially engraved watch courtesy of Artinian.

Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks (@ketel_marte4)

Batted .542 (13-for-24) with six runs scored, two doubles, a triple, four home runs, 14 RBI, 29 total bases and a 1.208 slugging percentage over six games played.

Enters play today in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak dating back to September 1st. Across 29 games (28 starts) since August 3rd, has logged at least one hit in all but two appearances. During his torrid stretch, has slashed .393/.450/.726 with 25 runs scored, 18 extra-base hits and 26 RBI.

Clubbed his 30th home run of the season on Wednesday. Along with Escobar (33), the duo became the first set of switch-hitting teammates in NL history to both reach the 30-homer plateau, and the second in Major League history. Francisco Lindor and José Ramírez accomplished the feat last season for the Cleveland Indians.

Tallied his 30th double of the campaign on September 2nd against the San Diego Padres. Marte is on pace to become the fifth switch-hitter in Major League history to bat .330-or-better with at least 30 doubles and 30 home runs, joining Victor Martínez (2014), Lance Berkman (2001), Hall of Famer Chipper Jones (2001) and Ripper Collins (1934).

Austin Meadows, Tampa Bay Rays (@austinmeadows13)

Across seven games, posted a slash line of .522/.593/1.130 with nine runs scored, 12 hits, two doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, a stolen base and 26 total bases.

Launched his team-leading 28th home run of the season yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays. His 28 round-trippers are tied with Jorge Cantú (2005) for the second-most in franchise history by a player younger than 25 years old, trailing only Evan Longoria’s 33 homers in 2009.

Enters play today in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak dating back to September 1st, including five multi-hit efforts. Has logged at least one RBI in all but one contest during his impressive streak.

With 27 doubles, seven triples, 28 home runs and 10 stolen bases on the season, Meadows in on pace to become the 11th player (13th time) in Baseball history, and the first since All-Star Mike Trout during his MVP Award-winning 2014 season, to reach those totals in a single campaign while younger than 25 years old.

Other noteworthy NL performances last week included August’s NL Pitcher of the Month Jack Flaherty (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 16.0 IP, 18 SO), relief pitcher Carlos Martínez (3 G, 3 SV, 0.00 ERA, 4 SO) and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 1 BB) of the St. Louis Cardinals; All-Star backstop J.T. Realmuto (.455, 6 R, 6 XBH, 8 RBI) and starting pitcher Drew Smyly (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 14 SO) of the Philadelphia Phillies; All-Star third baseman Eugenio Suárez (.500, 9 H, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal (.333, 6 R, 4 HR, .875 SLG) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star starter Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 2.25 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 15 SO) and second baseman Starlin Castro (.360, 10 R, 4 2B, 2 HR) of the Miami Marlins; outfielder Joc Pederson (.533, 8 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Ketel’s teammate Alex Young (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 12 SO).

Other noteworthy AL performances were All-Stars Alex Bregman (.458, 11 H, 3 2B, 2 HR) and Gerrit Cole (1-0, 1.29 ERA, 29 SO, 2 BB) of the Houston Astros; shortstop Tim Anderson (.414, 9 R, 12 H, 6 XBH), starting pitcher Reynaldo López (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG, 11 SO) and infielder Yoán Moncada (.440, 6 R, 11 H, 4 2B) of the Chicago White Sox; backstop Mitch Garver (.333, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1.083 SLG) of the Minnesota Twins; All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts (.391, 4 HR, 7 RBI, .957 SLG) of the Boston Red Sox; third baseman Hunter Dozier (.500, 5 R, 11 H, 2 XBH) and All-Star second baseman Whit Merrifield (.444, 12 H, 2 B, 3 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; and All-Star starting pitcher Mike Minor (2-0, 1.17 ERA, 15.1 IP, 2 BB) of the Texas Rangers.


Clutch, Run-Saving Catch by Oscar Mercado of the Cleveland Indians

September 4th vs. CWS

Rookie outfielder Oscar Mercado of the Cleveland Indians earned his first career Play of the Week honor, and the first for the Indians this season. With the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning of a two-run game on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox, Mercado raced back to deep-center field to make an impressive catch and keep the Indians ahead by two runs. At the plate, Mercado notched three hits, including his 20th double of the season, to lead Cleveland to a critical 8-6 victory. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Adam Haseley’s home run-robbing catch after climbing the outfield wall; Christian Vazquez’s leaping catch into the netting behind home plate on a foul ball; Ryan Cordell’s leaping catch into the netting in foul territory in right field; Greg Allen’s over-the-shoulder sliding catch on the warning track; and Dawel Lugo’s diving stop and throw from his knees to retire the runner at first base.