4:18 pm June 25, 2012, by Carroll Rogers
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was named National League player of the week after hitting a scorching .522 (12-for-23) in six games, with three doubles, three home runs and five RBIs.
Heyward led the league this past week in batting average and slugging percentage (1.130), and was fourth in the league with a .542 on-base percentage. Heyward is riding a 10-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 18 of his past 22 overall.
Heyward had a pair of three-hit games during the Braves’ weekend series in Boston, with two doubles among his three hits Friday night and a double and home run among his three hits Sunday. Heyward also hit a pair of home runs in the series finale Wednesday in New York against the Yankees.
Heyward is hitting .369 (24-for-65) for the month of June, second only to Reds first baseman Joey Votto (.434) in the National League among hitters with 55 or more at-bats. In that time he’s raised his season batting average from .233 to .278.
This is Heyward’s first ever play-of-the-week award.
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