Heyward's hot hitting nets NL Player of Week

Heyward's hot hitting nets NL Player of Week

Heyward's hot hitting nets NL Player of Week
Jason Heyward hit his way through the final week of Interleague Play like it was Little League, earning the first National League Player of the Week Award of his career.

The Braves' 22-year-old outfielder led the NL with a .522 average (12-for-23) and 1.130 slugging percentage in six Interleague games last week. He recorded 12 hits, bashed three homers, scored nine runs and racked up 26 total bases -- all tied for first in the NL -- and his .542 on-base percentage was fourth in the league.

Heyward recorded a hit in all six of Atlanta's games against the Yankees and Red Sox, putting together a pair of two-hit games and two three-hit games. He knocked a game-winning RBI single in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night then hit two homers Wednesday, his third career multihomer game, as he helped the Braves beat the Yankees, 10-5. He went 3-for-4 with an opposite-field shot over the Green Monster on Sunday, following up Friday's 3-for-4 performance with two doubles in a 4-1 Braves victory.

After a disappointing 2011 season, Heyward was hitting just .233 with a .327 on-base percentage and .413 slugging percentage through the end of May. He has completely turned it around in June, however, posting a .391/.417/.754 batting line with five homers and 12 RBIs.

Over the last week, Heyward raised his batting average on the season from .252 to .278 and his slugging percentage from .445 to .510.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.