Former Vanderbilt slugger Pedro Alvarez was named the National League player of the week, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
The Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman extended his current hitting streak to eight games with at least one hit in all seven of his team’s contests last week. In each of the last four games he hit a home run, tied the fourth longest streak in franchise history, and had at least two hits.
He was nine-for-19, a 414 average, and drove in a league-best 10 runs for the week. In so doing, he raised his season average to .237. He had five RBIs in a victory at
Alvarez currently ranks second in the N.L. with 19 home runs and has 51 RBIs, both of which put him on pace to surpass the career highs of 30 home runs and 85 RBIs he had last season.
This was the third time the second overall pick in 2008 has won the award.