Welcome to our third installment of Orioles Stud of the Week.
Stud of the Week for June 3-June 10:
Over the past six games, the Oriole shortstop has 12 hits, including a double, home run, and five RBI while batting a blistering .444. After a typically slow start at the plate this season, Hardy is now batting .270 on the year. And his power numbers, especially for a middle infielder, are positively Cal-like: 14 doubles, 13 home runs, and 39 RBI.
After dropping two games to division-rival Tampa Bay, Hardy golfed a low, first-inning fastball off the centerfield wall Sunday, driving in Manny Machado to start a big offensive day for the O's.
Late last week Hardy took a lead over Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers) in the American League All-Star balloting at shortstop. O's first baseman Chris Davis and outfielder Adam Jones are also leading the All-Star balloting at their respective positions.