Astros catcher Jason Castro has been named the American League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.
For the week, Castro hit .529 (9-for-17) with two doubles, a triple, three home runs and five RBI. Castro led the AL in batting average, extra-base hits, OBP, and SLG. He now has 17 homers on the season, which ties a single-season franchise record for a catcher.
This is Castro’s second such honor this season. The first time was for the week of May 20-26. He is the first Astros catcher in club history to win the award twice in the same season and the first player to do so sinceLance Berkman in 2008. He is the first Astros player to win this award since Hunter Pence won the National League Player of the Week award in 2010 and the first catcher to do so since Craig Biggio was named NL Player of the Week in April of 1990.
In addition to his 17 home runs, Castro is hitting .278 on the season with 33 doubles, which is a franchise record for a catcher, and 51 RBI with a .352 on-base percentage.
Even after this exciting news, the humble Castro tweets this:
BREAKING NEWS: it's @brettwallace29 birthday today let's overwhelm his twitter feed— Jason Castro (@J_Castro15) August 26, 2013
Castro, Wallace and the Astros begin a three-game series with the White Sox in Chicago on Monday.