Philadelphia Phillies Weekly Awards: April 30-May 6

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Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) loses his bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) loses his bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) loses his bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Michael Saunders (5) loses his bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports /

Least Valuable Position Player

Michael Saunders

Saunders is a first-time LVPP this week. The big lefty went 5 for 25 (.200) on the week with just two extra-base hits in his six games.

Saunders has been disappointing in the power department this season as his two home runs are tied for 7th on the squad.

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Least Valuable Pitcher

Nick Pivetta

It was a rough week for the rookie as his first two career starts ended in losses. The 24-year-old gave up six earned runs on eighteen hits, including four home runs, in just ten innings.

Nevertheless, Pivetta did show some upside strikeout potential as the righty struck out eleven batters in his ten innings of work.

It’s hard to get too pessimistic about a kid breaking into the big leagues for the first time. Hopefully, over time, Pivetta settles down and shows that the big lights aren’t too bright.

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