Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig was named the National League Co-Player of the Week in an announcement made on MLB network Monday. In six games from May 12-19, the 23-year old Cuban knocked in a league-leading 10 runs and tied for the league lead in total bases with 20, Puig also ranked second in slugging percentage (.870) and seventh in on-base percentage (.464).
Signed to a seven-year $42 million contract in 2012, Puig made his big league debut on June 3rd last year and immediately took baseball by storm. Seven games into his career, he won his first Player of the Year Award. By the end of June, Puig was named the NL Player of the Month, becoming the first player in history to win the award in his first month in the big leagues.
In 39 games this season, Puig is hitting .322 (49-for-152) with a .411 on-base percentage. His 35 runs batted in leads the Dodgers and ranks second in the National League. His offensive WAR (wins above replacement average) of 2.0 ranks fourth in the league. Defensively he has yet to make an error in the field.
On the last day of April, Puig started a career-best 16-game hit streak that continued until May 17th. During that time, he hit .409 with six homers and 21 RBI. Puig also established a Dodger franchise mark by collecting an extra-base hit and an RBI in nine consecutive games. Pedro Guerrero previously set the mark of seven from July 31-August 9, 1985.
The polarizing outfielder shared the this week’s award with Arizona’s A.J. Pollock. Over the same span, Pollock led the league with a .500 batting average, going 11-for-22. His .909 slugging percentage also topped the senior circuit as did his 20 total bases. Pollock ranked second in hits and on-base percentage. On Sunday, Pollock put up his third multi-hit game of the week when he went 3-for-4 against the Dodgers in Arizona.
Now just 143 games into his big league career, Puig continues to impress. With two Player of the Week awards, a Rookie of the Month award and a Player of the Month award, the accolades continue to pile up.