By Cash Kruth / MLB.com | 05/09/11 4:22 PM ET
After hitting his first career grand slam and leading the National League in hits and RBIs this week, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez was named the NL Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday.
Sanchez’s 13 hits and 10 RBIs were tops in the league, as were his 22 total bases. He also finished second with a .464 batting average (13-for-28) and .531 on-base percentage. The 27-year-old also added two home runs and three doubles on the way to a .786 slugging percentage.
Sanchez started the week with a bang, slugging his first career grand slam on May 2 to lead the Marlins to a 6-5 win over the Cardinals. The following day, Sanchez had a four-hit game, matching a career best. In the third game of a four-game series against the Cardinals, Sanchez had his third consecutive multihit game, going 2-for-4.
On Sunday, Sanchez — the Marlins’ fourth-round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft — finished the week with his second four-hit game, going 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs in an 8-0 win against Washington. Sunday’s game marked Sanchez’s 12th multihit game of the season, the most of any Marlin.
Sanchez, who finished fourth in the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year Award balloting, has reached base safely in 30 of Florida’s 33 games this season. He entered Monday with the sixth-highest on-base percentage (.414) and ninth-highest batting average (.328) in the NL. His 41 hits lead all NL first basemen.
This is Sanchez’s first career weekly award.