Each week Athlon Sports looks back at the previous week's best baseball players in the American and National leagues, and recaps the most outstanding pitching performances. Here are last week's—April 16-22—standouts.
AL Player of the Week
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
The Rangers’ bats have been lively this season, to say the least, and Hamilton is leading the charge. Last week he hit .462 with a 1.324 OPS. He had three home runs, 11 RBIs and scored five times.
AL Pitcher of the Week
Phil Humber, Chicago White Sox
As if a perfect game weren’t enough, Humber put together two good starts last week, with an 0.63 ERA and WHIP. He pitched the 21st perfect game in major league history, and now has one complete game in his career. In fact, that was the first time he had ever pitched into the ninth inning.
NL Player of the Week
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves are hot. With Michael Bourn getting on base and running, Freeman is enjoying hitting with runners in scoring position. Last week, Freeman drove home 14 runs with his .478 average. He hit three homers and five doubles.
NL Pitcher of the Week
Cory Luebke, San Diego Padres
Luebke has been one bright spot for the Padres this season. He won both starts last week, tossing 15 innings and allowing just eight hits and three walks. He struck out nine and posted an ERA of 0.60.