It's time for our weekly look at the Indians' top players of the last seven days, in which one man is chosen as better than the rest. Be sure to vote for you choice in the poll included at the bottom.
- March 31-April 6: Lonnie Chisenhall
- April 7-13: David Murphy
- April 14-20: Michael Brantley
- April 21-27: Corey Kluber
- April 28-May 4: Carlos Santana
- May 5-11: M.Brantley (editorial pick), J.Tomlin (reader vote)
- May 12-18: David Murphy
- May 19-25: L.Chisenhall (editorial pick), C.Kluber (reader vote)
May 26-June 1: T.House (editorial pick), C.Kluber (reader vote)
- June 2-8: J.Masterson (editorial pick), L.Chisenhall (reader vote)
- June 9-15: Michael Brantley
- June 16-22: Carlos Santana
This week's nominees include three position players, each of whom had a number of good games, and a pitcher who appeared only once, but made the most of it.
Bourn hit .333/.360/.583 in 25 plate appearances last week, good for a wRC+ of 162. He had 3 hits in Wednesday's win over Arizona, including 2 triples. He now has 7 of those this season, putting him on pace for 14, which would be the most by an Indian since Brett Butler had that many in 1986. Bourn added another 3 hits Friday night.
Kipnis hit .318/.375/.591 in 24 plate appearances last week, good for a wRC+ of 169. He had 3 hits Tuesday night, then 2 on Wednesday, both of them doubles. After Thursday's day off, he again collected a pair of doubles on Friday, making him the first Indians with two doubles in consecutive games since Jason Michaels in 2006.
Santana hit .278/.435/.556 in 23 plate appearances last week, good for a wRC+ of 181. He put the Tribe ahead in the 11th inning Tuesday with his 12th home run of the year, which ties him for the team lead. That was one of 4 hits he had that night. The rest of his week was quieter, but he did reach base safely in every game, a team-leading total of 10 times for the week.
Tomlin pitched only once last week, but it was an incredible performance, a complete game shutout (the Tribe's first of the season), with 11 strikeouts and 0 walks. A single that led off the 5th inning was the only hit he allowed all night, and the only thing that kept this from being a perfect game.
Santana was the team's top offensive performer again, giving him a solid case for becoming the first player I've chosen as Indians Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks. Tomlin's game was way too good to overlook though, and makes him an easy choice.