Players of the Week: Judge, Castellanos

Yankees slugger wins it for 3rd time; Reds star first time in NL

August 3rd, 2020

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge and the Reds’ Nick Castellanos were named the MLB Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet on Monday.

Judge homered in all five games last week to earn American League honors, crushing six homers in all. On Sunday night against the rival Red Sox, he hit two big blasts -- including a tiebreaking two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth, which propelled New York to a three-game sweep.

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Overall, Judge hit .368 with a 1.794 OPS and 13 RBIs last week, helping the Yankees go 5-0.

He’s now a three-time AL Player of the Week Award recipient, as he won twice during his rookie season in 2017.

Castellanos, who signed a four-year deal with the Reds in the offseason, has hit safely in each of his first nine games with his new club. In six games last week, he went 9-for-21 (.429) with four homers, two doubles, 10 RBIs and a 1.595 OPS.

Castellanos belted a grand slam in Cincinnati’s 12-7 win over the Cubs on Wednesday, and he went deep twice against the Tigers in the first game of the Reds’ doubleheader sweep on Sunday.

Castellanos previously earned the AL Player of the Week Award as a member of Detroit in 2018. This is his first win in the National League.