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08/15/2011 3:42 PM ET
Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds named National League Player of the Week
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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.

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