08/15/2011 3:42 PM ET
Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds named National League Player of the Week
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been named National League Player of the Week for the period of August 8-15, 2011. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
In seven games last week, Bruce led baseball with 15 RBI, a 1.120 slugging percentage and 28 total bases, and tied for the
Major League-lead with five home runs and nine runs scored. The 24-year-old collected the second-most hits among National
Leaguers while his .440 (11-for-25) batting average ranked third and his .481 on-base percentage ranked fourth. Bruce had five
multi-hit performances on the week, including four multi-RBI efforts. On Monday, August 8th, the left-handed-hitting slugger
collected two hits, including a home run and four RBI, in a 10-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies. After dropping the first two games of
the four-game set with Colorado, Bruce helped the Reds bounce back in Wednesday's matchup between the clubs, going 2-for-3
with a home run in a 3-2 victory. In Thursday's series finale, Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored to lead the
Reds to a 2-1 victory and the series split. Bruce continued to swing a hot bat into the weekend series with the San Diego Padres at
Great American Ballpark. On Friday, he went 2-for-4 with a double and clubbed a three-run, go-ahead homer in the bottom of the
eighth to give the Reds a 5-3 victory. The blast capped the second four-RBI effort of the week for the 2011 N.L. All-Star. On
Saturday, Bruce drove in two and hit his career-best-tying 25th home run of the season in a 13-1 win for the Reds. In Sunday's
contest, the Beaumont, Texas native provided the Reds with their only offense, hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning of an
eventual 7-3 loss. With 26 home runs and 79 RBI this season, Bruce has already eclipsed previous career-highs in both categories.
The Reds' first round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft currently ranks fifth in the N.L. in RBI and is tied for sixth in home
runs, while his 51 extra-base hits rank seventh and his 223 total bases rank eighth. This is his third career weekly award and second
of the season, having won previously for May 23-29, 2011 and September 27-October 3, 2010.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (.400, 2 HR,
8 RBI, .750 SLG) and center fielder Shane Victorino (.429, 7 R, 9 H, .478 OBP); Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (.474,
9 H, .737 SLG, .450 OBP) and second baseman Dan Uggla (.435, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 10 H, .826 SLG), who had his career-best
33-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday; Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton (.481, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 13 H, 8 R, .926
SLG); Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol (1.93 ERA, 4.2 IP, 7 SO, 4 SV); and Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton (1-0,
0.59 ERA, 15.1 IP, 9 SO).
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Jay Bruce will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game
Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.