Catalanotto named AL Player of Week
Blue Jays outfielder honored for league-leading .500 average
Frank Catalanotto had a week to remember, but he's hoping it's just the beginning and that there is more to come.
The Toronto Blue Jays outfielder batted an American League-best .565 (13-for-23) with one home run, nine RBIs, 23 total bases and a 1.000 slugging percentage in six games. He also led all American League batters with eight runs scored, two triples and a .600 on-base percentage. As a result of his monster week, Catalonotto has been named the Bank of America American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 24.
Catalonotto was selected over Chone Figgins (.435, 6 walks, 7 stolen bases) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Jason Giambi (.348, 5 homers, 8 RBIs) of the New York Yankees; pitchers Jeremy Bonderman (2-0, 1.69 ERA) of Detroit, Rich Harden (2-0, 2.57 ERA) of Oakland and Scott Kazmir (2-0, 0.69 ERA, 14 strikeouts) of Tampa Bay.
"Finally, I feel like my old self again," said Catalanotto last week. "The first half of the season was really a struggle for me, just to get comfortable. I really couldn't get on a roll. Now, I feel like I'm seeing the ball well. My swing is where I want it to be, and I'm starting to drive the ball, too."
The Blue Jays went 4-2 last week and Catalanotto collected five multi-hit games, raising his average 17 points. In a three-game sweep over Seattle, he went 8-for-12 with five RBIs, including a three-run home run on Wednesday. He finished the week with a nine-game hitting streak, matching his season-high. Catalanotto is batting .397 (25-63) in the month of July.
This is the first career Player of the Week award for Catalanotto and the 58th time a Blue Jay has won the award. The Jays are 49-49 and five games behind the first-place Red Sox.
The Bank of America will donate $1,000, on behalf of Catalanotto, to the Little League Urban Initiative.
Stephen A. Norris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.