ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - If the early season means anything, Ronald Acuña Jr. plans to make his second season as an Atlanta Brave as productive as his first.
The National League named Acuña Jr. as its Player of the Week Monday.
Acuña Jr. won the award for the first time last August in his Rookie of the Year season.
Acuña Jr. batted .545/.630/1.091 over six games last week, going 12-for-22 with one double, one triple, three home runs and nine RBI while guiding Atlanta to a 4-2 record. He had five straight multi-hit games from April 8-13, the longest such run of his career and the longest for any Braves player since 2014. Acuña Jr. also drove in at least one run in each of the six games, the longest RBI streak of his career. Five of his RBI gave Atlanta the lead, while three served as the game-winner.
His 12 hits were most in the National League over the week and tied for most in the majors, and he ranked second in the N.L. in RBI (9, tied with teammate Dansby Swanson), third in runs (tied, 7), fourth in home runs (tied, 3) and fifth in extra-base hits (tied, 5).
Acuña Jr. is the first Braves player to earn a weekly award this season.