Abreu batted .310 (9-for-29) with one double, five homers, 14 RBIs and eight runs scored in seven games to become the first White Sox rookie to win AL Player of the Week since infielder Josh Fields on Sept. 24, 2007.
"I was just like, 'Man, I know that's an award every player would like to have,'" said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "Once again, I thank God. And the first thing I thought of was my mom. I wish she was here so she could see it as well. I know she's going to be very happy."
Abreu has set the March/April Major League rookie record with 10 homers and 32 RBIs. He also has proven to be able to make adjustments within games, let alone within weeks of games.
"When I got out of Cuba, I said to myself, 'I'm going to be ready mentally for any kind of adversity I may have,'" Abreu said. "I don't really know what kind of adjustments they will be making on me, but if they make adjustments, I will be making adjustments on them as well. God willing, we'll have success again."
The rookie sensation continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 performance in Monday's 7-3 victory over the Rays. He is 16-for-42 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 10 games and has 10 homers and 26 RBIs in his last 20.