Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Matt Chapman of Victorville, California has been named the American League Player of the Week for the week from April 3-9. In seven games, he batted .464 with 13 hits in 28 at bats. During 31 plate appearances, Chapman scored five runs, and had five doubles, two home runs, 12 runs batted in, three walks, one stolen base, an on base percentage of .516 and a slugging percentage of .857.
Chapman currently has an eight game hit streak and has a hit in nine of the Blue Jays’s first 10 games. Over the last week, he had four multi-hit games, including two games with three hits in Blue Jays wins. On April 4, Chapman had one double and two singles in a 4-1 Blue Jays win over the Kansas City Royals. On April 9, he hit two singles and a grand slam in a 12-11 Blue Jays win over the Los Angeles Angels.
On the season, Chapman is batting .475 with two home runs and 14 runs batted in. During 40 at bats and 44 plate appearances, he has scored seven runs, and had 19 hits, seven doubles, one stolen base, four walks, 32 total bases, an on base percentage of .523 and a slugging percentage of .800. Chapman leads Major League Baseball in hits and doubles, and the American League in batting average.
The Blue Jays are currently tied for second place in the American League East with the New York Yankees. They are both four games back of the Tampa Bay Rays.