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Martín Prado of the Atlanta Braves Named the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week05/17/2010 3:36 PM ET
Atlanta Braves infielder Martín Prado has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for the period of May 10-16, 2010. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
Prado's three home runs and 11 hits this week were both tied for first in the National League, while his 11 RBI led the Majors. The 26-yearold hit .367 (11-30) on the week, while slugging .667, recording a .387 on-base percentage and scoring four runs. On Monday, Prado belted the first grand slam of his career in an 8-2 win at Milwaukee. His five RBI on the day also marked a career-best. On Friday, Prado delivered in the clutch, hitting a game-winning, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves a 6-5 victory over visiting Arizona. He also played a key role in Sunday's series finale against the D-backs, going 4-for-6 with two home runs en-route to a 13-1 victory. The multi-home run performance marked another career-first for the Venezuelan-born slugger, and helped the Braves to their fifth win in six games this week. This is Martín's second career NL Player of the Week Award, the first being for the period of June 29-July 5, 2009.
Other nominees this past week included Prado's Atlanta teammates Tim Hudson (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 SO), Eric Hinske (.529, 4 2B, 8 RBI) and Troy Glaus (.417, 3 HR, 7 RBI); Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo (2-0, 1.69, 16.0 IP), Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1-hitter vs. Pittsburgh on 5/11), Drew Stubbs (.316, 6 RBI, .789 SLG), Johnny Gomes (.421, 5 R, .737 SLG) and Jay Bruce (.440, 3 RBI, 4 R); Colorado's Miguel Olivo (.500, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1.056 SLG); Philadelphia's Shane Victorino (.435, 8 R, 3 3B) and Placido Polanco (.409, 9 H, 4 RBI); Washington's Ryan Zimmerman (.345, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R); Florida's Gaby Sanchez (.367, 11 H, 2 HR), Dan Uggla (.333, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Ricky Nolasco (2-0, 2.08 ERA); Houston's Hunter Pence (.320, 3 HR, 7 RBI); and Chad Billingsley (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 13 SO), Jonathan Broxton (0.00, 4 SV, 8 SO) and Andre Ethier (.444, 5 R, 6 RBI, 5 2B) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week, Martín Prado, is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
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