Orioles' rookie Ryan Mountcastle named AL Player of the Week


After a dreadful May, the Orioles have gotten off to a stellar start in the month of June. As the weather has heated up, so too have many of the team's slumping bats.

That includes rookie Ryan Mountcastle, who rode the best week of his young career to American League Player of the Week honors.

It's not surprising Mountcastle won once you take a look at his numbers. The talented young hitter finished top-five in the AL in batting average, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, total bases and OPS. His bat helped key a 4-2 week for Baltimore, including an 18-5 blowout of the Indians on Sunday.

Perhaps the only surprising thing about Mountcastle taking home this particular hardware is the fact that his own teammate had just as strong a case to be made. Cedric Mullins has been one of the best players in baseball in 2021 and would make a deserving All-Star representative for the O's, and he continued his hot start in June as well.

At one point Mullins hit safely in nine straight at-bats, and he had his second five-hit game of the season already. He also played his typically terrific defense in center field.

Either Oriole would have been a worthy recipient of this week's honors, which is a remarkable turnaround from a rough May that at one point saw the O's drop 14 straight games.