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Jayson Werth of the Philadelphia Phillies named the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America08/24/2009 3:08 PM ET
Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth, who led the Majors with five home runs and 29 total bases last week, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending August 23rd. Bank of America is the Official Bank of Major League Baseball and the only place where you can get your favorite Club logo on checks, check cards or credit cards. For more information on MLB® banking, visit bankofamerica.com/MLB.
In six games last week, Werth hit .440 (11-25), led the N.L. with a 1.160 slugging percentage and tied for the N.L.'s top mark with nine RBI while also collecting seven runs scored, three doubles and a .481 on-base percentage. The 22nd overall selection in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft also notched five multi-hit games, which included four multi-RBI efforts. On August 19th, Jayson hit a pair of solo home runs for his seventh career multi-homer game en route to an 8-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. On August 23rd, the 30-year-old slugged a three-run home run in the first inning to send his club on its way to a 9-7 road victory over the New York Mets. Entering the club's matinee at Citi Field today, the first-time All-Star in 2009 has already set career-highs in home runs (29), RBI (79), extra-base hits (52), runs (80), walks (67) and hits (118). This marks Jayson's first career weekly award.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Mets second baseman Luis Castillo, who led the N.L. with a .538 batting average and 14 hits, and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, who posted a perfect 2-0 record and 14 strikeouts. Also considered were Atlanta Braves left fielder Matt Diaz, who hit .478 and compiled seven RBI, and teammate Adam LaRoche, who collected 12 hits and a tied for the N.L. high with nine RBI. Notable performances also included Werth's teammate Cliff Lee, who pitched a complete game while posting a 0.00 ERA and notching 11 strikeouts in his lone outing.
Tourneau, the world's largest watch store, will award Jayson Werth with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment as the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America.
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