Cubs' Seiya Suzuki named National League Player of the Week

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Cubs' Seiya Suzuki named NL Player of the Week originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Seiya Suzuki is less than a month into his big-league career and he's already racking up hardware.

MLB named Suzuki the National League Player of the Week on Monday following his scorching stretch against the Pirates and Rockies.

“My motive is to contribute to the team’s win,” Suzuki said. “I’m glad I’m able to do that and hopefully it continues.”

In six games last week, Suzuki went 7-for-17 (.412) with three home runs, five RBIs and five walks in 22 plate appearances. He tallied his first career multi-homer game Tuesday.

He’s gotten off to an impressive start to his big-league career. Entering Monday’s series opener against the Rays, Suzuki held a .400/.543/.960 slash line with four home runs and 11 RBIs in nine games.

“I've been impressed,” manager David Ross said Monday. “All fields, taking the walks, playing good defense, solid on the bases. He just seems to be a real steady player, confident within himself, having good at-bats.

“He just goes about his business. He's a hard worker, good teammae. Things seem to be flowing really easily for him right now."

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Suzuki made history last week in Pittsburgh, becoming the first player since 1920 (when RBI became an official stat) to post eight or more RBIs and four or more walks in his first four career games.

He reached 10 career RBIs in his first 22 plate appearances, the fastest any Cub has ever hit that mark. He's also reached base safely in each of his first 10 games, including Monday vs. Tampa Bay.

Ross acknowledged Monday he’s “a little bit" surprised at Suzuki’s red-hot start, considering the adjustment period many expected Suzuki to need as he grew acclimated to the big leagues after nine seasons in Japan.

“The fact he's come in and produced has been nice," Ross said. “This is the best pitching in the world, and you expect somebody to struggle just a little bit. Inevitably, every player does.

"The fact that he's gotten off to such a great start and we’ve faced really good pitching has been impressive.”

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