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Brewers Christian Yelich recent NL Player of the Week

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Christian Yelich

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 29th.

2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby semifinalist Rhys Hoskins (.345, 7 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies also posted a strong week. The 25-year-old logged an eight-game hitting streak from July 22nd-28th, tallying seven homers and 13 RBI during the impressive stretch. Hoskins also matched his career high with an extra-base hit in six consecutive games from July 22nd-26th (also: August 23-28, 2017). Other noteworthy performances last week included Rhys’ teammate Maikel Franco (.345, 5 R, 6 XBH, 5 RBI); outfielder Gregory Polanco (.370, 5 R, 4 XBH, 3 SB) and starting pitcher Trevor Williams (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Christian’s teammate Jhoulys Chacín (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 15 SO); and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon, who pitched seven no-hit innings in his Major League debut on July 23rd after coming back from a career-threatening injury. Daniel required brain surgery after being struck in the head by a line drive at Triple-A last May.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Christian Yelich will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Yelich batted .517 (15-for-29) with eight runs scored, three doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI across seven games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Week Award. Among his NL counterparts, Christian finished his strong week at the plate first in batting average, on-base percentage (.548), slugging percentage (1.000), runs scored, RBI and total bases (29); tied for first in extra-base hits (7) and triples; tied for fifth in home runs; and tied for eighth in doubles. This is Milwaukee’s first weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez for the period ending July 5, 2015.

Yelich, who was an All-Star in his first year with Milwaukee, enters play today in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak dating back to July 14th, the longest by a Brewers player since Gerardo Parra’s 14-game streak from July 11-30, 2015. The 26-year-old has hit safely in 18 of his previous 19 contests, posting a slash line of .451/.483/.756 to go along with 16 runs scored, 37 hits, nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 22 RBI during the torrid stretch. Over the course of his impressive run, the 23rd overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft (by Miami) has logged 14 multi-hit efforts, including five three-hit games. In addition, Yelich has recorded at least two hits and a run scored in each of his previous six contests. The California native became the sixth player in franchise history to post such a streak, joining Parra (July 1-6, 2015), Hall of Famer Paul Molitor (August 6-12, 1991), Rob Deer (April 9-14, 1987), Ben Oglivie (June 22-29, 1979) and Tommy Harper (May 13-25, 1970). Enjoying his best month of the season thus far, the 2016 NL Silver Slugger Award winner has batted .406 (39-for-96) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 23 RBI over 24 games. The left-handed-hitting Yelich is on pace to become just the second player in team history to post a batting average of .400-or-better with at least 16 extra-base hits in a single calendar month, joining Hall of Famer Robin Yount (July 1982).