Trea Turner – Washington Nationals – Second Base
On June 3rd, in Trea Turner’s first game played in 2016, he went 3 for 3 with a double and a walk. This was surely a sign of things to come for the National’s 23 year old second baseman. His next start didn’t come until early July, and he has been in the lineup ever since then. In only about a half of a season, Turner is absolutely raking with a slash line of .356/.377/.585. Last week’s 13 for 26 performance included 3 long balls and 6 stolen bases. The baseball world will get to see him on display shortly for the playoff bound Nationals.
Jeremy Hellickson – Philadelphia Phillies – Starting Pitcher
In 15 1/3 innings pitched this week, Phillies ace Jeremy Hellickson tossed a couple of quality starts, capped off with a complete game three hit shutout against the Florida Marlins on Saturday. Last week, Hellickson allowed only 6 hits and no earned runs in his two starts at home against the Pirates and the Marlins. The two wins Jeremy earned, improved his season record to 12-9, and lowered his ERA to 3.57.
Jean Segura – Arizona Diamondbacks – ShortStop
Jean Segura is enjoying a breakout year for the Diamondbacks in 2016. For the season, Segura is hitting .317 with 17 home runs and 30 stolen bases. His previous best season was his first full season in Milwaukee in 2013. That year Jean hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. Last week the Arizona short stop hit .406 with 5 homers, 6 RBI’s and 8 runs scored. He also had a 5 for 6 game, and back to back 2-home run games
Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox – Starting Pitcher
In two starts against the Royals last week, White Sox starter Chris Sale struck out 22 batters, and allowed only two walks over 17 innings. In a loss on 9/11, the White Sox were shut out, but Sale pitched eight strong innings, allowing only two earned runs and one walk. Sale’s second start last week was a compete game 10 strikeout performance, and he earned the win for his effort.
Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies – Starting Pitcher
Colorado’s Jon Gray has been struggling lately, having earned only two wins over his last seven starts. However, his most recent start on September 17th at home against the Padres was an absolute gem. Gray allowed only 4 hits and no walks in a complete game shut out, needing only 113 pitches (78 for strikes) to dominate the Padres offense. His 16 strikeouts also set a team record, besting the late Darryl Kile’s record of 14 K’s.