PHOENIX -- Major League Baseball confirmed Monday what the Diamondbacks and their fans already knew: Outfielder Danny Bautista had one heck of a week.
The Diamondbacks' outfielder batted .464 (13-for-28) during the week with three doubles, three homers and 14 RBIs in six games. For his efforts, he was named National League Player of the Week.
"I'm really excited for Danny Bautista," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "He didn't need to get the award for us to know how great a week he's had, but it's nice that he gets some national recognition for his efforts. I just think it's fantastic."
Bautista is in the midst of a 17-game hitting streak, the longest current streak in the big leagues. After going hitless on Opening Day, he's been 27-for-67 (.403) since.
Danny Bautista / RF
Weight: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
"It's very special to me," Bautista said of the award. "It makes me keep going hard, keep working hard."
It's been a tough couple of years for the 31-year-old. After a stellar 2001 season, Bautista was named the Opening Day right fielder in 2002 and hit .325 before dislocating his left shoulder on May 22. The injury required season-ending surgery.
Bautista was back in 2003, but struggled mightily at the plate, hitting .275 with just four homers and 36 RBIs. The lack of production prompted the D-Backs to acquire Raul Mondesi before the trading deadline and Bautista wound up appearing in just 88 games.
"With what I've come through the last two years, it's pretty tough for me, for any athlete," Bautista said referring to the injury.
Bautista reported to Spring Training this year 12 pounds lighter after working to improve his flexibility during the offseason.
"Starting from the first day of Spring Training this year Danny has physically been healthy and it shows in the way he's gone about his work, it shows in the way he's swung the bat, the way he's played defense in right field," Brenly said. "He's got the confidence back that he had in 2001 and the beginning of the season in 2002 because he knows what he's capable of doing."
It's the first Player of the Week honor for Bautista and the 17th time a Diamondbacks player has been honored with the award.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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