Yasiel Puig had one of the great opening weeks in MLB history, and on Monday was rewarded with the National League Player of the Week Award. Puig is the first player to win the award in his first week in the big leagues since Manny Machado of the Orioles for Aug. 6-12, 2012.
The last Dodgers rookie to win NL Player of the Week honors was Andre Ethier, for July 3-9, 2006. Puig is the second Dodger to win the Player of the Week award this season, joining Clayton Kershaw, who won for the opening week of Apr. 1-7.
Puig hit a whopping .464/.483/.964 with four home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI in seven games. For the period of June 3-9, Puig...
- led the National League with a .607 wOBA
- led the NL with a 1.447 OPS
- led the NL with a .964 slugging percentage
- was second in the NL with a .464 batting average (Everth Cabrera hit .485)
- was seventh in the NL with a .483 on-base percentage (Matt Carpenter was one of six with an OBP of .500 or above)
- led the league in this:
Puig, understandably, was a popular topic on Monday:
- Dave Cameron at FanGraphs wrote about the growing legend of Puig.
- Jon Morosi at Fox Sports wonders, on video, if Puig will end up in the All-Star Game in New York.
- Danny Knobler at CBS Sports talked with Matt Martin, Puig's first professional manager in the Arizona League. Martin compared Puig to Adrian Peterson.
- David Leon Moore at USA Today wrote about the Dodgers' struggles while Puig excelled.
- Hell, even Forbes wrote about Puig, though I hope Patrick Rishe's 'Getting Puiggy Wit It' idea never catches on.