Outfielder Jayson Werth named National League Player of the Week

Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth today was named the National League Player of the Week. Major League Baseball made the announcement this afternoon on MLB Network.

Werth, 35, hit .450 (9-for-20) with five doubles, two home runs, nine RBI, five walks and seven runs scored on the week to earn the citation. Werth, who has posted at least one RBI in five straight contests, helped the Nationals go 5-1 on the week and register series victories over the Rockies (3-0) and Cubs (2-1).

In Tuesday’s home win, Werth drove in a game-high three RBI in Washington’s 7-1 victory over the Rockies.

One night later, on Wed. vs. Colorado, Werth’s two-run homer in the 4th inning cut into the Rockies’ 3-0 advantage in a game ultimately won by Washington, 4-3.

The NL POTW award is the third of Werth’s career, first as a member of the Nationals. Last July, Werth earned National League Player of the Month honors after hitting .367 with seven home runs and 22 RBI.

Werth’s NL POTW citation is the 10th bestowed upon a National. Earlier this year, on June 9, Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 0.00 ERA) was named NL Pitcher of the Week. Prior to 2014, 3B Ryan Zimmerman (periods ending July 22, 2012; June 13, 2010; August 21, 2011; August 5, 2007), RHP Stephen Strasburg (June 13, 2010), OF Josh Willingham (Aug. 2, 2009), SS Cristian Guzman (Aug. 31, 2008), UTL Willie Harris (July 20, 2007) and 1B Nick Johnson (June 6, 2005) earned NL POTW hardware.