Upton named NL Player of the Week

Upton named NL Player of the Week

Upton named NL Player of the Week
After leading the Majors with 16 hits last week, D-backs right fielder Justin Upton was named the National League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon.

Upton hit .552 (16-for-29) in seven games, ranking second in the NL in total bases (23), third in on-base percentage (.563) and tied for third in RBIs (seven). He also hit one home run and racked up four doubles.

He hit his first career walk-off home run on Thursday to fuel Arizona to a 3-2 victory against the Giants. The surging D-backs trail the defending World Series champs by one-half a game in the NL West.

Upton leads the Majors with four walk-off hits this season and is tied with Alex Cintron for the franchise mark, set in 2005.

The first overall pick of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft logged four three-hit games this week. Upton, hitting .302 with 12 home runs and 38 RBIs this season, is four hits shy of 500 for his career. It was his first weekly award.

The D-backs are back in action Tuesday against the Royals in Interleague Play.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.