Major League Baseball announced today that Padres outfielder Will Venable has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week of August 12-18. The announcement was made on MLB Network.

Venable, 30, hit .406 (13-for-32) this past week with two doubles, one triple, two home runs, five RBI, seven runs scored and a stolen base. The left-handed hitter led all National League players in hits (13) while ranking second in runs (seven). He collected a career-high tying four hits this past Saturday, August 17 against the New York Mets at Petco Park (7x, previous: August 21, 2012 vs. Pittsburgh) and recorded his first career walk-off home run in the ninth inning of yesterday's game to give the Padres a 4-3 victory over the Mets. The outfielder is also currently working on a career-best 15-game hitting streak, the longest by a Padre this season and longest active in all of Major League Baseball, hitting safely in each of his 15 games played this month and batting .377 (23-for-61), with four doubles, two triples, five home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs scored, five stolen bases, a .406 on-base percentage and .754 slugging percentage over that stretch.

In 116 games played this season, Venable has hit .266 (92-for-346) with 16 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, 42 RBI, 47 runs scored and 14 stolen bases, setting a career-high and leading the Padres this season in home runs. The weekly award is the first of his career and first for a Padre since Chase Headley was honored as the NL Player of the Week in August 6-12 of last season. 

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Venable will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.