Nathaniel Lowe named AL player of the week

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Texas Rangers' Nathaniel Lowe follows through on a hit during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, June 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers first baseman Nathaniel Lowe has been selected American League Player of the Week for the week ending August 28, it was announced today by Major League Baseball.

This is the first time for Lowe to win a weekly award, and he joins Corey Seager (week of July 4-10) as the second Ranger to win a weekly player award this season. The last time the Rangers had multiple players win a weekly award in the same season was in 2017, when Nomar Mazara (4/9/17) and Adrián Beltré (7/30/17) were honored.

Lowe batted .385/.407/.923/1.331 (10-26) with 4 home runs and 11 RBI over 6 games last week, leading all MLB players in RBI, home runs (tied), and total bases (tied-24). He posted a career-high 5 RBI on Wednesday at Colorado and homered in 3 consecutive games from Tuesday-Friday for the longest home run streak of his career.

Lowe owns a .392/.446/.657/1.103 (40-102) slash line with 7 home runs and 20 RBI through 26 games in August, ranking among A.L. leaders this month in hits (1st), total bases (1st, 67), BA (2nd), SLG (2nd), home runs (T2nd), OPS (3rd), OBP (4th), and RBI (T4th).

Nathaniel Lowe is the only Ranger to have 7+ home runs and 20+ RBI in a single month this season, and his 40 hits are the highest monthly total by a Ranger since Elvis Andrus had 43 hits in August 2017.

For the season, Lowe is batting .300/.349/.349/.847 with a career-high 22 home runs and 65 RBI. He currently ranks among A.L. leaders in multi-hit games (2nd, 42), hits (T2nd), total bases (6th, 232), BA (6th), SLG (7th), and OPS (9th). Since the All-Star break, the only A.L. player with more home runs than Lowe (10) is the Yankees’ Aaron Judge (16) and the only players with a higher OPS than Lowe (1.054) are Judge (1.221) and Houston’s Alex Bregman (1.062).

From Texas Rangers PR staff reports