By Scott Barancik, Editor

Here are your MLB highlights for the week of June 17-23, 2019:

Mazel tov

  • Alex Bregman (Astros) was named a finalist for the 2019 All-Star Game. He led all A.L. third basemen with 2.3-million votes, blowing away #2 Gio Urshela’s 857,474 votes.
  • Joc Pederson (Dodgers) was named a finalist for the 2019 All-Star Game. His 961,515 votes ranked #9 among N.L. outfielders.

Stats to share

  • Joc Pederson began his Major League career in center field and switched to left field in 2018. Now, the Dodgers are retraining him to play first base (see article). Pederson made his first MLB start there on June 21 and did so again on June 22 and 23.
  • Pederson is homering once every 10.75 at-bats, #7 among all MLB hitters with at least 10 HRs.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) has 14 HRs, #3 among MLB rookies and tied for #1 among Toronto hitters.

  • Alex Bregman’s 21 HRs are tied for #4 in the American League, and his 51 RBIs are tied for #8. Bregman leads the Major Leagues in walk-to-strikeout ratio, at 1.26 (58 BBs vs 45 Ks).

At the plate

  • CF Kevin Pillar (Giants) extended his hot streak, hitting .370 (10-for-27) with 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, and a .393 OBP. His .242 batting average is a season high.
  • 1B Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays) hit .316 with 3 HRs, a double, 2 intentional walks, and a .458 OBP. The highlight was a 2-HR, 4 RBI performance on June 19.
  • LF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) hit .263 (5-for-19) with 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, and a .300 OBP.
  • LF Ryan Braun (Brewers) hit .190 (4-for-21) with a HR, 3 RBIs, 3 doubles, a stolen base, and a .261 OBP.
  • 3B Alex Bregman (Astros) hit .172 (5-for-29) with 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, and a .273 OBP.
  • 2B Ian Kinsler (Padres) hit .118 (2-for-17).
  • C Garrett Stubbs (Astros) went 0-for-3 on June 19, his lone game of the week. He was sent back to Triple-A on June 21.

On the mound

  • Max Fried (Braves) earned his 8th win in a 6-inning outing on June 9, yielding 2 earned runs on 8 hits and a walk while striking out 6.
  • Richard Bleier (Orioles) pitched 1.1 innings over 2 games, yielding one earned run on 3 hits.

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