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MLB suspends three Minor League players for drug violations

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Jose Hernandez has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Hernandez will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

Boston Red Sox Minor League right-handed pitcher Yankory Pimentel has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Pimentel, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, is effective immediately.

Texas Rangers Minor League right-handed pitcher Yerry Rodriguez has received a 75-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Rodriguez, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Rangers, is effective immediately.

 

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Upcoming MLB Draft to feature appearances of four amateur players

 

Four amateur players are scheduled to attend Major League Baseball’s 2017 Draft, which will be held on Monday, June 12th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey, it was announced today.

The four scheduled attendees, all from the high school ranks, include outfielder Jordon Adell; pitcher/shortstop Hunter Greene; pitcher Trevor Rogers; and outfielder Bubba Thompson.

Jordon hit .562 in 35 games as a senior with 25 home runs, 61 RBI, nine doubles, 53 runs scored, a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.437 slugging percentage. Prior to the season, he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team All-American and Central All-Region First Team. As a junior in 2015, he hit .449 with 11 homers, 44 RBI, 10 doubles and 25 walks en route to being named Seventh Region Player of the Year by Kentucky high school coaches. On the mound, he went 1-0 with a 1.55 ERA, striking out 56 batters in just 31.2 innings pitched. He won the 2016 Home Run Derby at the Area Code Games, and was one of two underclass players invited to the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game.

For his career at Notre Dame High School, which also produced Major League All-Star Giancarlo Stanton, Hunter posted a 1.62 ERA over 121.1 innings pitched, while striking out 30 percent of the batters he faced. As a senior, he was 3-0 with a 0.75 ERA over five appearances, collecting 43 strikeouts and just four walks over 28.0 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .324 with six home runs, 28 RBI, six doubles, two triples, 23 runs scored, a .374 on-base percentage and a .598 slugging percentage. Prior to the season, he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team All-American and California All-Region First Team. Greene, who attended the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California, hit .419 as a junior and went 5-3 on the mound with a 1.63 ERA over 55.2 innings pitched.

Trevor was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in New Mexico in 2017 after going 11-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 134 strikeouts while leading his team to the Class 6A state semifinals. At the plate, he hit .394 with 13 runs scored, 28 hits, 26 RBI, seven doubles, six triples and three home runs. Prior to the season, he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game First Team All-American and West All-Region First Team. As a junior, he went 9-2 with a 0.70 ERA and 122 strikeouts over 69.2 innings pitched. Rogers also hit .388 last year with 12 extra-base hits, 24 runs scored and 22 RBI.

Bubba was batting .404 with nine home runs and 15 walks as of early May, and was a perfect 19-for-19 in stolen base attempts. Prior to the season, he was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game Second Team All-American and Southeast All-Region First Team. As a junior, Thompson hit .469 with 39 runs scored, 11 doubles, eight triples and 19 stolen bases while helping his team to the Class 7A state semifinals. Thompson, who was an All-State and All-Coastal Alabama First Team selection following the season, also attended the MLB Prospect Development Pipeline Premier event in Atlanta in January.

A total of 33 amateur players all-time have attended the Draft. Among last year’s attendees was the number three overall choice, pitcher Ian Anderson of the Atlanta Braves organization, and the number 14 overall selection, outfielder Will Benson of the Cleveland Indians organization. Attendees in previous years have included two-time American League Most Valuable Player, five-time All-Star and 2012 AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (2009); 2015 AL Rookie of the Year and 2012 number one overall selection Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros; MLB home run leader Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (2013); Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (2013); and Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks (2008).

Hall of Famer, 13-time All-Star and 1980 American League Most Valuable Player George Brett headlines a decorated list of baseball personnel scheduled to attend the Draft. Brett will be joined by 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones; 1973 NL Rookie of the Year Gary Matthews; 1983 AL Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle; 2013 NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer; and 1997 World Series-winning manager Jim Leyland, who also led Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic Championship in March.

Other former All-Stars who will represent the Clubs are (alphabetically): Felipe Alou (SF); Bob Boone (WSH); Ron Cey (LAD); Keith Foulke (BOS); Jeffrey Hammonds (BAL); Joel Hanrahan (PIT); Corey Hart (MIL); Orlando Hudson (ARI); Ruppert Jones (SEA); Lloyd Moseby (TOR); Mike Sweeney (KC); and Nick Swisher (NYY).

The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Thursday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6:00 p.m. (ET). The Draft will have 40 rounds, and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds. The 2017 Draft will span three days as it has since 2009. For day one on June 12th, Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A will air exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com. Beginning with the first pick in Round 2 and continuing through Competitive Balance Round B, the Draft will air live exclusively on MLB.com, while MLB Network will continue to provide live look-ins and coverage of the Draft on MLB Tonight. The intervals between selections during round one will last four minutes, followed by one-minute intervals between selections during Competitive Balance Round A, the second round and Competitive Balance Round B.

The Draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 13th, when selections will be made for rounds 3-10, with one minute intervals between selections. Day three of the Draft on Wednesday, June 14th will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET), featuring picks in rounds 11-40, with no time delay between selections.

The selection order of the Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. For the third time in team history, the Minnesota Twins will have the first overall selection of the Draft. In 2001, Minnesota drafted six-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion and 2009 AL Most Valuable Player Joe Mauer with the top overall selection. The Twins also held the first overall pick in 1983, when they selected pitcher Tim Belcher, though he did not sign.

The Toronto Blue Jays (22nd and 28th), the Texas Rangers (26th and 29th) and the Chicago Cubs (27th and 30th) each have two selections in the first round. The Houston Astros (15th, 53rd, 56th and 75th) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12th, 42nd, 50th and 72nd) each have a Major League-best four selections within the first 75 picks during the first day of the Draft.

Beginning with the Draft preview show at 6:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network’s live coverage will feature news, analysis, interviews with Club front office personnel and representatives, footage from Club draft rooms, and features and interviews with prospects and newly drafted players. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Dan O’Dowd, Harold Reynolds and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo will anchor the live coverage with contributions from MLB Network’s Scott Braun, Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Cliff Floyd, Al Leiter, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, Kelly Nash, Carlos Peña, Dan Plesac, Bill Ripken and Hall of Famer John Smoltz, as well as Jim Callis of MLB.com and John Manuel of Baseball America.

MLB.com will continue its exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on June 13th, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Mayo and Callis. It also will provide Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary using the official Draft hashtag, #MLBDraft, while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.

The MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM will also offer live MLB Draft coverage to listeners nationwide. SiriusXM’s Grant Paulsen and former MLB general managers Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden will host Monday, June 12th starting at 6:00 p.m. (ET) and will provide live pick-by-pick analysis throughout the first round on Sirius channel 209, XM channel 89 and with your phone on the SiriusXM App.

 

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2017 MLB draft to feature 18 former All-Stars representing the 30 Clubs

Eighteen former Major League All-Stars, including a Hall of Famer, a Most Valuable Player, a Cy Young Award winner and two Rookies of the Year are among the baseball dignitaries scheduled to represent the 30 Clubs at Major League Baseball’s 2017 Draft, it was announced today.

Hall of Famer, 13-time All-Star and 1980 American League Most Valuable Player George Brett headlines a decorated list of baseball personnel scheduled to attend the 2017 MLB Draft on Monday, June 12th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Brett will be joined by 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones; 1973 NL Rookie of the Year Gary Matthews; 1983 AL Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle; 2013 NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer; and 1997 World Series-winning manager Jim Leyland, who also led Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic Championship in March.

Other former All-Stars who will represent the Clubs are (alphabetically): Felipe Alou (SF); Bob Boone (WSH); Ron Cey (LAD); Keith Foulke (BOS); Ralph Garr (ATL); Jeffrey Hammonds (BAL); Joel Hanrahan (PIT); Corey Hart (MIL); Orlando Hudson (ARI); Ruppert Jones (SEA); Lloyd Moseby (TOR); Mike Sweeney (KC); and Nick Swisher (NYY).

Amateur players who will attend MLB’s 2017 Draft will be forthcoming.

The Draft will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on MLB.com, at 6:00 p.m. (ET). The Draft will have 40 rounds, and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds. The 2017 Draft will span three days as it has since 2009. For day one on June 12th, Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A will air exclusively on MLB Network and MLB.com. Beginning with the first pick in Round 2 and continuing through Competitive Balance Round B, the Draft will air live exclusively on MLB.com, while MLB Network will continue to provide live look-ins and coverage of the Draft on MLB Tonight. The intervals between selections during round one will last four minutes, followed by one-minute intervals between selections during Competitive Balance Round A, the second round and Competitive Balance Round B.

The Draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 13th, when selections will be made for rounds 3-10, with one minute intervals between selections. Day three of the Draft on Wednesday, June 14th will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET), featuring picks in rounds 11-40, with no time delay between selections.

The selection order of the Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. For the third time in team history, the Minnesota Twins will have the first overall selection of the Draft. In 2001, Minnesota drafted six-time All-Star, three-time American League batting champion and 2009 AL Most Valuable Player Joe Mauer with the top overall selection. The Twins also held the first overall pick in 1983, when they selected pitcher Tim Belcher, though he did not sign.

The Toronto Blue Jays (22nd and 28th), the Texas Rangers (26th and 29th) and the Chicago Cubs (27th and 30th) each have two selections in the first round. The Houston Astros (15th, 53rd, 56th and 75th) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12th, 42nd, 50th and 72nd) each have a Major League-best four selections within the first 75 picks during the first day of the Draft.

Beginning with the Draft preview show at 6:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network’s live coverage will feature news, analysis, interviews with Club front office personnel and representatives, footage from Club draft rooms, and features and interviews with prospects and newly drafted players. MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Dan O’Dowd, Harold Reynolds and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo will anchor the live coverage with contributions from MLB Network’s Scott Braun, Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey, Mark DeRosa, Cliff Floyd, Al Leiter, Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, Kelly Nash, Carlos Peña, Dan Plesac, Bill Ripken and Hall of Famer John Smoltz, as well as Jim Callis of MLB.com and John Manuel of Baseball America.

MLB.com will continue its exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on June 13th, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Mayo and Callis. It also will provide Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary using the official Draft hashtag, #MLBDraft, while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.

The MLB Network Radio channel on SiriusXM will also offer live MLB Draft coverage to listeners nationwide. SiriusXM’s Grant Paulsen and former MLB general managers Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden will host Monday, June 12th starting at 6:00 p.m. (ET) and will provide live pick-by-pick analysis throughout the first round on Sirius channel 209, XM channel 89 and with your phone on the SiriusXM App.

 

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Astros’ McCullers Jr., Dodgers’ Wood voted AL & NL Pitcher of the Month

Lance McCullers Jr. (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Alex Wood (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has been voted American League Pitcher of the Month for May, and Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the second month of the 2017 season.

Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included Chris Sale (5-0, 4.24 ERA, 40.1 IP, 58 SO) of the Boston Red Sox and his teammate, AL Reliever of the Month Craig Kimbrel (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 25 SO).

Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included Alex’s aforementioned teammate Kershaw (3-1, 2.43 ERA, 40.2 IP, 39 SO); Max Scherzer (3-1, 2.27 ERA, 43.2 IP, 60 SO) and Stephen Strasburg (4-0, 2.78 ERA, 32.1 IP, 43 SO) of the Washington Nationals; Zack Greinke (4-1, 3.28 ERA, 35.2 IP, 44 SO) and Robbie Ray (3-2, 2.56 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO) of the D-backs; Carlos Martínez (4-1, 2.03 ERA, 44.1 IP, 41 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and NL Reliever of the Month Greg Holland (1.17 ERA, 8 SV, 7.2 IP, 15 SO) of the Rockies.

In recognition of their Pitcher of the Month Awards, Lance McCullers and Alex Wood will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

McCullers compiled a 4-0 record with a 0.99 ERA and 37 strikeouts over 36.1 innings pitched in six starts to earn his first career AL Pitcher of the Month Award. Among all Major League starters in May, McCullers recorded the lowest ERA, surrendering just four earned runs on 21 hits and 10 walks. Lance finished the period tied for second in wins, third in strikeouts and fifth in innings pitched among AL hurlers. This is Houston’s second consecutive AL Pitcher of the Month Award, following Lance’s teammate Dallas Keuchel. The last time two pitchers from the same club in the AL were awarded monthly honors for April and May was 2012, when Jake Peavy (April) and Chris Sale (May) took home consecutive monthly honors for the Chicago White Sox.

On May 23rd against the Detroit Tigers, McCullers, who is the son of former Major Leaguer Lance McCullers, logged 5.0 innings of shutout ball, limiting Detroit hitters to just one hit and one walk. The performance concluded a streak of four starts and 24.0 shutout innings pitched, the longest innings streak by a Major League pitcher this season. In Lance’s final start of the month on Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park, the 23-year-old right-hander tossed 6.0 innings, yielding three runs (two earned) with eight strikeouts and two walks. With the outing, McCullers improved to 6-1 on the season and won his fourth straight decision. The Tampa, Florida native has now allowed no more than three runs in each of his 26 career home starts. The streak is the fourth-longest in Major League history and the longest in AL history. Clayton Kershaw holds the all-time mark of 30 consecutive such starts at Dodger Stadium from June 5, 2013 through June 6, 2015.

In addition, the streak of 26 straight starts at home without allowing more than three earned runs is the longest in Major League history by any pitcher to start his career. Entering play today, the Astros pace the AL in a host of pitching categories, including ERA (3.49), strikeouts (537), WHIP (1.20), opponents’ batting average (.230) and saves (18). Propelled by its dominant pitching staff, Houston owns the best record in the Majors with a mark of 38-16 (.704) and lead the AL West by 11.5 games. Detroit’s Michael Fulmer (3-2 2.19 ERA, 1 CG, 37.0 IP) also received votes for AL Pitcher of the Month. The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year logged 7.0-or-more innings in each start during his excellent month, and has delivered a quality start in each start this season. With his 10th consecutive quality start on May 27th against the Chicago White Sox, Fulmer matched teammate Justin Verlander (March 31 – May 19, 2011) for the longest streak of quality starts by a Tigers pitcher to begin a season since 1913.

In five starts, Wood recorded a 5-0 record with a 1.27 ERA and an impressive 41:7 strikeout-towalk ratio across 28.1 innings pitched in en route to claiming his first career monthly award. Alex is the first Dodgers pitcher to be awarded NL Pitcher of the Month since teammate Clayton Kershaw last May. Among qualified NL starters, Wood finished his impressive month first in wins and ERA. Alex allowed just 22 hits and did not surrender a home run.

Earlier this month, Wood, who also claimed NL Player of the Week honors for the period ending May 15th, joined Andy Benes (2000) and Jon Lester (2010) as the only pitchers since 1893 to win consecutive starts while striking out at least 10 batters in each start despite pitching no more than 6.0 innings in either outing. In those two starts, a May 8th tilt against the Pittsburgh Pirates and a May 13th contest against the Colorado Rockies, Wood posted consecutive games with more than 10 strikeouts for the first time in his five-year Major League career.

On May 26th against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium, Wood fired 5.0 shutout innings, permitting two hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. The outing capped off his award-winning month with his fifth consecutive victory in as many decisions, extending his career-high win streak to six games. The 26-year-old lefty enters play today in the midst of a four-start scoreless streak, dating back to his May 8th start against the Pirates, which includes 23.1 scoreless innings. Through the first two months of the season, the University of Georgia product is the only NL starter to have posted four consecutive starts without allowing an earned run.

Houston’s AL Pitcher of the Month, McCullers, is the only other starter in the Majors to accomplish the feat. Entering play today, Los Angeles pitchers pace the Senior Circuit in ERA (3.19) and WHIP (1.16); are tied for the league-lead in opponents’ batting average (.232); and trail only the Arizona Diamondbacks (518) in strikeouts with 513 punchouts. Led in large part by their outstanding pitching, the Dodgers own a 33-22 record (.600) and trail the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks by a half-game in the very competitive NL West.

 

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Yankees’ Judge, Dodgers’ Bellinger named AL & NL Rookie of the Month

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month, and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for May.

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included Hunter Renfroe (.255, 15 R, 14 XBH, 17 RBI) of the Padres; German Márquez (4-1, 2.64 ERA, 30.2 IP, 25 SO) and April’s Rookie of the Month Antonio Senzatella (4-1, 4.11 ERA, 35.0 IP, 26 SO) of the Colorado Rockies; and Jesús Aguilar (.328, 11 R, 12 XBH, 12 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers.

In recognition of their Rookie of the Month Awards, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Judge batted .347 (33-for-95) with 17 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 17 RBI, 15 walks and three stolen bases to claim his second straight monthly award, becoming the first AL rookie to do so since Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin took home back-to-back monthly honors last season (June & July). Judge is the first AL rookie to claim the award in the season’s opening months since Nomar Mazara of the Texas Rangers was awarded AL Rookie of the Month in both April and May of last season. Among AL rookie leaders with a minimum of 20 at-bats, Aaron finished the period first in a number of offensive categories, including hits, runs scored, extra-base hits (13), home runs, RBI, walks and onbase percentage (.441).

Judge concluded the month tied for first in stolen bases, and second in batting average and slugging percentage (.642). On May 2nd against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, Judge went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a pair of home runs, two walks and four RBI in New York’s 11-5 victory. With the outing, the 32nd overall selection in the 2013 MLB Draft became the youngest Yankee (25 years, 6 days) with at least two homers and two walks in a game since Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle (24 years, 289 days) on August 4, 1956 against the Detroit Tigers.

On Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, Judge connected for his Major League-leading 17th home run of the season. The 25-year-old slugger became just the second rookie in Major League history to club at least 17 home runs before the start of June, joining Mark McGwire, who hit 19 round-trippers for the Oakland Athletics in April/May 1987. In last night’s rubber-match against the Orioles, the Linden, California native delivered his third multi-hit game in his last four contests, while scoring his 40th run of the 2017 campaign. Now tied with Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL lead, Judge became the first Yankees player to record at least 40 runs scored through the team’s first 50 games since Curtis Granderson also scored 40 runs in 2011.

Entering play today, the Yankees lead the AL East by 2.0 games and own a record of 30-20 (.600). Others receiving votes for AL Rookie of the Month included James Hoyt (1-0, 3.65 ERA, 12.1 IP, 21 SO) of the Houston Astros and Jorge Bonifacio (.267, 15 R, 10 XBH, 14 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals.

Bellinger hit .245 (26-for-106) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 27 RBI, 11 walks and a stolen base to earn his first career monthly award. Cody is the first Dodgers player to win NL Rookie of the Month since teammate Corey Seager took home rookie honors last June. Among qualified NL rookie sluggers with at least 20 at-bats, the 21-year-old finished the month first in runs scored, hits, extra-base hits (15), home runs and RBI; tied for first in stolen bases; second in walks; third in slugging percentage (.566); and tied for fourth in doubles. On May 6th against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, Bellinger, who is the son of former Major Leaguer Clay Bellinger, went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base and career-high five RBI. With his first career grand slam in the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-2 win over the Padres,

Cody became the first Dodger in the modern era (since 1900) to hit five roundtrippers in his first 11 Major League games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Additionally, the Scottsdale, Arizona native became just the second player to debut since 1920 (when RBI became an official statistic) to record at least five home runs and 14 RBI in his first 11 games since Mark Quinn belted five homers and 16 RBI for the Royals in 1999. Following his multi-homer output the night before, as part of a three-hit game, Bellinger became the first player in club history since 1913 to log two multi-homer games in his first 10 career games (also April 29th vs. Philadelphia).

In Monday’s tilt against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Bellinger connected for his 11th home run of the 2017 campaign. With the solo homer, the Dodgers’ fourth round selection in the 2013 MLB Draft became the fastest Dodger in franchise history to reach 11 round-trippers, accomplishing the feat in 32 games. Bellinger is the first Dodger player to record 10-or-more homers in a calendar month since Matt Kemp (12) in April 2012. Since 1913, only four players have hit more homers through the first 32 games of their career, all doing so with 12 home runs: Mike Jacobs (2005-06, NYM/FLA); Kevin Maas (1990, NYY); Dave Hostetler (1981-82, MON/TEX); and José Abreu (2014, CWS). In addition, the 11 blasts match teammate Joc Pederson (May 2015) and James Loney (September 2007) for the most home runs by a rookie in any month in club history.

Moreover, with 27 RBI, the versatile youngster established a new Dodgers rookie record for RBI in the month of May, and tied Dick Cox for the third-most RBI by a rookie in any calendar month, following James Loney (32, September 2007) and Del Bissonette (29, June 1928).

 

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