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Lamb, Shoemaker Win MLB Players of the Week

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Lamb, Shoemaker take home MLB Players of the Week.

National League Honor


Jake Lamb of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been named National League Player of the Week for the week ending July 17th.  Lamb was able to lead the Majors with a .583 batting average and 14 total bases.  He was 7 for 12 with the Diamondbacks taking two of three from the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers.  The 25 year-old 3rd baseman ranked among League Leaders in hits (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, 1.167), on-base percentage (2nd, .615), and RBI (T-3rd, 4).  He also Hit one home run, a triple, and two doubles.

Lamb grew up in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He attended Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle and starred for their baseball team. After graduating, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 38th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, but he decided to attend the University of Washington. He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Lamb just missed being an All-Star by being out voted for the Final spot.  He is one of five players in D-backs history to have at least 21 doubles, 20 homers and eight triples in a season and is drawing more and more praise everyday.  Even with the All-Star snub he has posted All-Star type numbers.  Lamb is now hitting .302/.380/.635 this season.

American League Honor


Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker took home the honor of American League player of the Week for the week ending July 17th.  In the short week after the All-Star break Shoemaker threw a complete-game shutout on Saturday to help him earn the weekly award.  Shoemaker is the first Angels pitcher to win the award since Jered Weaver won on May 6, 2012.  Shoemaker led the league with 13 strikeouts and matched the AL lead in ERA.  He would only allow 6 hits and no walks in his first career complete-game shutout.

Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Shoemaker has also competed for the United States national team.  Shoemaker went unselected in the 2008 MLB draft and signed with the Angels as a free agent.  Shoemaker was named the (AL) Rookie of the Month and Pitcher of the Month in August 2014, and he finished second in AL Rookie of the Year Award voting after the season.

With the Angels sitting 13.5 games back in the AL West; Shoemaker could be an option for teams looking for starting pitching at the trade deadline.  Shoemaker is 5-9 with a 4.08 earned-run average this season and has a 2.37 ERA with 88 strikeouts and nine walks in 76 1/3 innings of his last 11 starts.