Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees – Catcher
The New York Yankees rookie backstop is having a record setting start to his career. Sanchez is the fastest player to hit 11 home runs, doing it in his first 23 games. He is flashing some skills behind the dish as well by throwing out six of nine potential base stealers. His work in the batter’s box last week produced a Major League leading 5 home runs, and a .455 BA for the Yankees, who are only 2.5 games back in the Wild Card race.
David Price – Boston Red Sox – Starting Pitcher
David Price had been sitting on nine wins since July 10th. He finally picked up his 10th win on August 12th, and he hasn’t lost one since then. Last weeks two starts yieled wins against the Rays and the Royals. Over 14 innings, he allowed only 2 earned runs and 7 hits, while striking out 15 hitters. Price seems to be back on track after a largely mediocre start to his 2016 campaign.
Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets – Starting Pitcher
New York Mets #2 starter Noah Syndergaard was dominant in two quality starts last week. Over eight innings of work at San Francisco, Syndergaard allowed only 2 hits and struck out 6, and at home against the Phillies, he again gave up just 2 hits over seven innings, striking out 7 batters. Noah’s .60 ERA for the week lowered his season ERA to 2.56.
Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox – Second Base
Dustin Pedroia racked up 15 hits this week, and also came close to tying a Major League record. He fell one hit short tying a major league record for consecutive at bats with a hit, doing so in 11 straight AB’s. While the Red Sox were scuffling a bit with a 3-4 record last week, Pedroia was torching the Rays and the Royals, hitting .556 with 2 stolen bases.
Matt Moore – San Francisco Giants – Starting Pitcher
In his lone start last week at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Giants starter Matt Moore was nearly unhitable. Working 8 2/3 innings of no hit ball, Moore struck out 7 hitters and walked 3. The only blemish on the day for Moore was a single by Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager with two out in the bottom of the 9th inning.