(CLEVELAND) – Indians utility man Ryan Raburn was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday prior to the Tribe’s game with the Oakland Athletics.
Raburn, who signed with the Indians over the offseason, hit .591 (13-for-22) last week while also belting four home runs and driving in nine runs. Raburn is the first Indians player to win the AL-Player of the Week Award since Asdrubal Cabrera did it in 2011.
During his hot stretch Raburn hit two home runs in consecutive games becoming the first Indians player to homer in multiple games twice since Travis Hafner did it back in 2004.
Raburn, 32, played right field for the Tribe on Monday evening when they played the Athletics. In 2012 he was released by the Detroit Tigers after hitting .171. Raburn’s struggles continued throughout 2012 after being sent to Triple-A Toledo where he only hit .250. The Tigers eventually released him after the season ended.
Indians manager Terry Francona admitted he told Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti to watch if the Tigers took Raburn off their roster the first day he was hired in October so Cleveland could then pick him up.
Raburn won a roster spot for the Indians after having a terrific spring camp in Goodyear, Ariz.
- Nick Camino