ADDITIONAL NOTE: Today is draft day in MLB and in honor of that, we bring you this radio interview Danny Hultzen — Mariners first round pick (No. 2 overall) from last year — did this morning with my radio partner, Mitch Levy, of Sports Radio KJR.
This was the type of breakout week Mariners fans had been hoping for from first baseman Justin Smoak. Having struggled much of last year and the first third of this season, Smoak was just named AL Player of the Week for his exploits last week.
Smoak hit .348 with three home runs, a double, eight runs batted in, six walks and seven runs scored for the games played in Chicago and Texas. His on-base-plus-slugging percentge was 1.265.
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This is the first time Smoak has ever captured the award. The last Mariners player to garner weekly honors was Ichiro, late in the 2010 season.
So, it’s been a while.
Smoak now leads the Mariners with 10 home runs and is second with 29 RBI, trailing team leader Kyle Seager.