Jayson Werth named NL player of the month for July

Jayson Werth celebrates a homer. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jayson Werth (center) celebrates a homer. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Jayson Werth was rewarded for his torrid hitting in July by being named National League player of the month. He was voted the winner of the award after hitting .337 (28 for 83) last month. He mashed 11 doublesand six home runs, and led the NL with 24 RBI, including six game-winning RBI. He also scored 17 runs and drew 14 walks.

In July, Werth led the NL in doubles, RBI and extra-base hits (17). His slugging percentage (.687) was second-best in the league and his on-base percentage (.446) ranked third. The right fielder’s hot-hitting July pushed his season slash line up to .278/.365/.433 and a 121 OPS+.

Werth, 35, won his first ever player of the month award, coincidentally, last July.  A fascinating fact about Werth’s player of the month awards: He remains the only Nationals position player to ever earn the award in team history (2005 to present).

Werth beat out Yasiel Puig, Andrew McCutchen, Lucas Duda, Chris Coghlan, Anthony Rizzo and teammate Denard Span for the award. Span hit .368, stole seven bases and posted a .459 on-base percentage in July.

Werth was named player of the week in the first week of July after making a minor adjustment at the plate, standing taller in the batter’s box and his offense took off after a sluggish June.

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