Ronel Blanco (Houston Astros), who recorded 44 consecutive games, including no-hitter, in his first appearance of the 2024 MLB season, has been named the “Player of the Week” for the first time in his career.

The Major League Baseball Secretariat announced on the 9th (Korea Standard Time) that Blanco was named the American League (AL) Player of the Week.

Blanco became the first no-hitter of the season with nine innings of two walks and seven strikeouts against the Toronto Blue Jays on the 2nd. Then, he started the away game against the Texas Rangers on the 8th and failed to hit while recording 44 outs until he got a hit by Adolis Garcia with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It is the first no-hit march in 44 walks since the start of the season since 1961, the era of major league expansion.

Blanco’s season performance is two wins (no loss), and an ERA of 0.

Blanco, who made his Major League debut in 2022, had only two wins (one loss) in 24 games (seven starts) so far last year, failing to achieve a remarkable result. However, as key pitchers such as Justin Verlander and Jose Urquidy left due to injury, he joined the starting lineup and took the opportunity by showing strong performance.

Spence Steyer (Cincinnati Reds) was named the NL Player of the Week.

Steer has batted .409 with three homers, nine RBIs, five runs scored, nine hits, and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) 1.455 in six games over the past week. Five of the nine hits are on base, and three of them are home runs. The only game that Steer did not have a hit last week was against the New York Mets on the 8th.

Steer, in his third year in the majors, batted .271 with 23 home runs, 86 RBIs, 74 runs scored, 158 hits and an OPS of 0.820 in 156 games last season.


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