As of Monday morning, that man leading the majors in home runs wore a scrub-sized No. 79 jersey. But, there's nothing else scrub-sized about Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu.
This week's Scout.com Player of the Week got to the top of the heap thanks to a scorching week in which he socked five home runs and drove in 14 runs – both tops in the big leagues.
The man who is seemingly the heir apparent to Paul Konerko at first has done a lot to help ease the transition for Pale Hose fans, hitting .310 over the past seven days, upping his season average to .262. Abreu paces both leagues in RBIs (31) and long balls (10), and is fourth in the majors in slugging (.631), as he was this past week, when he slugged .862.
Abreu's 1.172 OPS was 14th in the majors this past week, and ninth on the Junior Circuit over the past seven days, while his eight runs were tied for the most in the AL, and second overall.
Abreu isn't the only White Sox rookie doing some serious damage, though. Third on the team in RBIs is another first-year player in Marcus Semien, who was brought up at the end of last season for a cup of coffee, before breaking camp with Chicago this spring. He currently has 14 driven in to go along with three homers in 25 games.
Previous Players of the Week
April 14-20: Justin Morneau
April 7-13: Justin Upton
March 31-April 6: Giancarlo Stanton
Scout.com PoTW: Jose Abreu
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