Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who led the league with 17 RBI, has been named Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week for April 17-23, 2006. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
Phillips, acquired by the Reds from the Cleveland Indians in an April 7th trade, hit .452 (14-31) with six runs, three home runs, four doubles and 27 total bases last week. Over seven games, he put together a slugging percentage of .871 and a .452 on-base percentage. Brandon compiled a career-high seven-game hitting streak, including a three-hit, four-RBI performance vs. Florida on April 17th. He also had a three-hit, six-RBI showing that included two home runs (one grand slam) at Milwaukee on April 20th. The 17 RBI by Phillips are the most by an N.L. Player of the Week since Sammy Sosa had 19 RBI the week of August 4-10, 2002.
Other nominees this past week included a pair of Phillips' Cincinnati teammates, Edwin Encarnacion (.304, 2 HR, 11 RBI) and Scott Hatteberg (.500, 4 2B, 1 RBI); Craig Biggio (.615, 3 HR, 7 RBI), Morgan Ensberg (.409, 6 HR, 11 RBI) and Roy Oswalt (2-0, 3.29 ERA, 10 SO) of the Astros; Washington's Ryan Church (.350, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Nick Johnson (.435, 2 HR, 3 RBI) and Alfonso Soriano (.400, 3 HR, 5 RBI); Greg Maddux (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 10 SO) and Ronny Cedeņo (.429, 1 2B, 3 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; Milwaukee's Dave Bush (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 14 SO), Carlos Lee (.360, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Damian Miller (.588, 1 HR, 7 RBI); Kyle Davies (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG, 6 SO), Tim Hudson (1-0, 1.00 ERA, 1 CG, 6 SO), and Andruw Jones (.263, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Braves; Arizona's Jeff DaVanon (.435, 1 HR, 5 RBI), Luis Gonzalez (.308, 2 HR, 11 RBI) and Chad Tracy (.448, 1 HR, 5 RBI); Chris Carpenter (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO) and Albert Pujols (.316, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Cardinals; Carlos Delgado (.346, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and Pedro Martinez (2-0, 2.63 ERA, 19 SO) of the New York Mets; Omar Vizquel (.435, 1 HR, 6 R) of the Giants; Philadelphia's Ryan Howard (.412, 3 HR, 6 RBI); Josh Barfield (.394, 2 HR, 3 SB) of the Padres; and Colorado's David Cortes (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SO).
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