Last week's Scout.com Player of the Week -- Troy Tulowitzki -- had a hard week to beat, but over the past seven days, Seth Smith -- originally an afterthought before Spring Training injuries to Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin -- has been absolutely scorching.
Acquired from the Oakland Athletics in a January trade for reliever Luke Gregerson to fill the San Diego Padres' need for a left-handed-hitting outfielder, Smith has been a holy terror for right-handed pitchers this season, hitting .330 in 97 at-bats, with nine doubles, three triples and three homers.
Some of his best work thus far came over this past week, when he led the majors in batting average with a .500 mark (14-for-28), with nine extra-base hits, including three triples, five doubles and a home run. One of those three-baggers was nearly a circuit shot off of Miami Marlins righty Jose Fernandez, with two outs in the third inning of the Friars' 10-1 win over the Fish on Friday.
Smith's shot to right went in and out of the glove of Giancarlo Stanton, which was over the right field wall at the time, and then rebounded back onto the field of play. Upon review, the play stood as a triple.
Losing one base, though, hasn't slowed Smith in the least. His seven RBIs are tied for sixth in the majors, and his .576 on-base percentage (thanks to five walks over the past week) is just .001 behind the Pittsburgh Pirates' Ike Davis for the Major League lead in that category over the past seven days. His 1.000 slugging percentage is .083 higher than Tulowitzki's for the big league lead, his 1.576 OPS is also tops in the league, and second in a seven-day stretch this season only to Justin Upton's 1.881 mark.
Previous Players of the Week
April 18-March 4: Troy Tulowitzki
April 21-27: Jose Abreu
April 14-20: Justin Morneau
April 7-13: Justin Upton
March 31-April 6: Giancarlo Stanton
Scout Hot Sheet: Seth Smith
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