Philadelphia Phillies Weekly Awards: May 21st to May 28th

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May 28, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) celebrates his three run home run with first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
May 28, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp (34) celebrates his three run home run with first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) is doused with ice after hitting a walk off RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph (19) is doused with ice after hitting a walk off RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Most Valuable Position Player

Tommy Joseph

I’ll start this one off by tipping my cap to Aaron Altherr, who had another nice week. However, Joseph just continues to rake.

Joseph went 7 for 26(.269) this week with two more bombs and four runs batted in. The slugging first baseman has turned his season around with a nice last few weeks and is now batting .257 on the year.

After being highly criticized in April, including by myself, Joseph has had a nice month of May. It will be interesting to see which Tommy Joseph shows up in June.

Most Valuable Pitcher

Vincent Velasquez

Velasquez had the best week of any Phillies starter this week. The flame-throwing righty threw five strong innings scattering eight hits and one earned run. Velasquez struck out seven batters over those five innings while only walking one in the process.

Notably, eight hits over five innings are quite high but the fact that the 24-year-old was able to work around it is quite impressive.

Next: Phillies to activate Kendrick, option Eflin

Much like every other start for the Phillies this season, Velasquez has been up and down but hopefully, this last start can lead him towards a successful June.

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