This is starting to be routine for Jay Bruce. Cincinnati's slugging outfielder was named the National League's Player of the Week on Monday, a designation he also enjoyed back at the end of May. Bruce has now been named Player of the Week three times in four seasons.
Bruce, the 12th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, led all Major League players in RBIs (15), total bases (28) and slugging percentage (1.120) last week. The 24-year-old also tied for the lead in home runs (five) and in runs scored (nine).
And his standout week didn't end there. Bruce also ranked in the top five among NL hitters in batting average (.440), hits (11) and on-base percentage (.481). Bruce homered and drove in four runs last Monday, and he came back to hit another home run in Wednesday's victory.
Bruce doubled, scored and drove in a run in a 2-1 win on Thursday, and he made more waves by blasting a go-ahead three-run homer on Friday. Bruce, who will receive a watch from Game Time in recognition of his hot week, also homered on Saturday and Sunday.
Bruce, who has already set career highs in homers (26) and RBIs (78), beat out a rich field of competitors that included Philadelphia regulars Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard. Two Braves -- Chipper Jones and streaking Dan Uggla -- were also considered for Player of the Week, as were Arizona outfielder Justin Upton and pitchers Carlos Marmol of the Cubs and Charlie Morton of the Pirates.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.