For the third time this season, a member of the Atlanta Braves has captured National League Player of the Week honors. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has twice snagged the award, but Jason Heyward earned the distinction for his huge efforts last week. Heyward posted a .522 average after going 12-for-23 with a 1.130 slugging percentage. The Braves right fielder also managed to club three home runs, three doubles and one triple during the period.
Heyward has been hot ever since the calendar flipped to June. He has hit .391 for the month with a .417 on-base percentage. He has also recorded 27 hits so far this month, with 14 going for extra bases. Heyward is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, which has seen him even hotter with a .459 average. He has stroked 11 home runs on the year while posting a .278 average. He has also managed to steal 10 bases in 13 attempts. The Braves are off Monday before beginning a 10-game home stand. The Braves currently sit four games back of Washington in the NL East standings.