Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Washington Nationals' left fielder Bryce Harper was named the co-Player of the Week in the National League for the week of April 11th-17th, which saw the 23-year-old slugger go 9 for 26 (.346/.400/.846) with a double and four home runs in seven games and 30 plate appearances.
Harper shares the POTW nod with Colorado Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was 9 for 27 with two doubles and four home runs in six games and 27 PAs.
Harper ended the week with home runs in four straight games, setting a career high for consecutive games with home runs and matching a Nationals' record (2005-present). Adam LaRoche (September 3-6, 2012), Michael Morse (May 23-27, 2011) and Ryan Zimmerman (August 3-7, 2009) homered in four straight games as well.
Harper's home run in the 10th inning of Sunday's loss gave him home runs in six straight games in Citizens Bank Park as well. If he homers again tonight, in the Nationals' series opener with the Marlins in Miami, the left-handed hitting 2015 NL MVP would be the first player in franchise history (Washington or Montreal) to homer in five straight games, and would be one shy of the D.C. baseball record of home runs in six straight games set by Roy Sievers in 1957 and Frank Howard in 1968.
Dusty Baker has been impressed with what he's seen from Harper thus far.
"What he's doing is MVP, star stuff," Baker told reporters on Sunday. "I've been fortunate to have some great players -- played with them and played for me and he's certainly making his mark."
The latest Player of the Week award for Harper is the fourth of his career after he won POTW awards three times in 2015, taking it twice in May (4-10; 11-17) and then again in September (14-20).