Puig posted a .348 batting average (8-for-23) in six contests last week while collecting a league-leading 10 RBI and tying for the league lead with three home runs. The 23-year-old also tied for the league lead in total bases (20) and ranked second in slugging percentage (.870). Puig ranked seventh among qualifying N.L. batters in on-base percentage (.464), which was boosted by his four walks. The Cienfuegos, Cuba native also ranked among league leaders in runs scored (T-7th, 5), doubles (T-4th, 3) and hits (T-9th, 8). Puig was held hitless for the first time in 17 contests in Sunday's 5-3 loss at Arizona. The hitless day snapped a career-best 16-game hitting streak (April 30th-May 17th). Puig hit .409 (27-for-66) with six home runs and 21 RBI in that span. On Saturday, Puig went 1-for-5, clubbing his ninth home run of the season in the loss. The two-run shot gave him 35 RBI for the season, which is currently tied for second in the Senior Circuit. It marked Puig's eighth consecutive game with at least one extra-base hit and one RBI, eclipsing Pedro Guerrero's Club record of seven such outings, July 31-August 9, 1985. The sophomore slugger collected three hits with a home run, a double and two RBI in Friday's series-opener between the two Clubs, helping Los Angeles earn a 7-0 victory at Chase Field. This is his second career weekly award, having won previously for the week of June 3-9, 2013.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Starlin Castro (.407, 4 R, 11 H, 4 2B, HR, 6 RBI, .741 SLG, .407 OBP) of the Chicago Cubs; Washington's Ian Desmond (.348, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, .826 SLG); Yadier Molina (.476, 10 H, 4 RBI, .480 OBP) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Miami's Giancarlo Stanton (.417, 10 H, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, .708 SLG, .481 OBP); and Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.00 ERA, CG, SHO, 8 SO, 9.0 IP).
In recognition of their National League Player of the Week Award, A.J. Pollock and Yasiel Puig will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.