Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau has been named National League Player of the Week for the week ending April 20, 2014.
In seven games last week, Morneau recorded a Major League-leading 12 RBI and a .875 slugging percentage while his 21 total bases were tied for the most in the Majors. His three home runs were tied for second in the N.L. while his .375 batting average (9-for-24) ranked 10th.
Over the weekend, the Canadian slugger collected nine RBI in three games against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. In Sunday’s series finale, Morneau went 2-for-4 with a run scored and five RBI in a losing effort as Philadelphia avoided the sweep by beating the Rockies 10-9. It was his third consecutive multi-RBI game and the fourth in his last five games. The 32-year-old also hit his fourth home run of the season in the loss, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Morneau signed with the Rockies as a free agent in December. He also hit his first home run at Coors Field in Saturday night’s game against the Phillies. The two-run shot in the fourth-inning proved to be the difference as the Rockies won 3-1.