So much for the “sophomore slump” , as Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has won the National League Player of the Week award for the period of April 16-22. Freeman, considered one of the best young players in the league, had one of his best weeks ever as a major leaguer.
Freeman hit .478 and led the league with 14 runs batted in on the week, as well as hitting three home runs to tie him for first in the league in that category. All of this done against some well respected pitchers from the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Braves swept Milwaukee at home, and then went on to Arizona to take three out of four games from the Diamondbacks. The second-year first baseman played a huge role in the Braves’ 5-1 record during the week, recording five multi-RBI games, including batting in a career-high five runs on April 19, to help him earn the first weekly award of his major league career. This is the first week since the 2012 season began that they weekly award did not go to the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Matt Kemp.
In 2011 Freeman batted .282, with 21 home runs and 76 RBI, and finished a close second to teammate Craig Kimbrel in the Rookie of the Year voting. His start to the 2012 season has the Braves feeling very good about the future at first base for a number of years to come.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain and Dodgers left fielder Matt Kemp were all among the other players mentioned by MLB as having been considered for this week’s award.