Correa rewarded for big week with AL honor

Correa rewarded for big week with AL honor

ANAHEIM -- Shortstop Carlos Correa became the fourth Astros player to win the American League Player of the Week award, which was announced Monday. Correa hit .333 (8-for-24) with six runs, four doubles, three homers, nine RBIs and a 1.282 OPS in six games. His seven extra-base hits were the most in the AL during the week, and he tied for AL lead in homers and RBIs.

At 21 years, 279 days old, Correa is the youngest player in club history to receive a Player of the Week award. Shortstop Andujar Cedeno held the previous club record, as he was 22 years, 19 days old when he received National League Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 2-8, 1991.

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"I was sleeping and I was getting all these texts because my phone was blowing up," Correa said. "And then a lot of congratulations and I didn't know why. I looked up on Twitter and I saw I was the Player of the Week. I was pretty surprised when I saw it."

Past winners

The other Astros players to win the AL Player of the Week award this season are Tyler White, Jose Altuve and Colby Rasmus, who won the first three awards of the 2016 season. The Astros' four Player of the Week award winners are the most in the Majors this season.

Correa has hit .306 with a .422 on-base percentage, five homers and 20 RBIs in his last 23 games coming into Monday.

"My swing is feeling better and timing getting there and putting good at-bats together and getting good pitches to hit and not missing them, not fouling them off like I was doing at the beginning of the year," he said.

This is the sixth time in franchise history that the Astros have had four players win a Player of the Week awards in the same season, and the first time since the 2008 season when Lance Berkman (two times), Carlos Lee, Ty Wigginton and Roy Oswalt each earned NL Player of the Week honors.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.