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Diamondbacks slugging 1B Paul Goldschmidt named June NL Player of the Month

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Paul Goldschmidt in action 2017 photo By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for June.

Goldschmidt batted .364 (39-for-107) with 25 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, 23 RBI and 17 walks across 27 games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Month Award. This is Arizona’s second Player of the Month Award this season, following Goldschmidt’s teammate A.J. Pollock, who took home NL monthly honors in April. Among qualified NL sluggers in June, Paul finished first in runs scored, hits and batting average; tied for first in home runs and extra-base hits (19); tied for second in RBI; third in on-base percentage (.460) and slugging percentage (.738); and tied for sixth in doubles.

The five-time NL All-Star began his month in dominant fashion. During a torrid 11-game stretch from June 4th-15th, Goldschmidt, who earned NL Player of the Week honors for the period ending June 10th, recorded a slash line of .522/.585/1.087 with 15 runs scored, 24 hits, six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 14 RBI to lead Arizona to an 8-3 record. On June 9th against the Colorado Rockies, the 30-year-old went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a pair of home runs and four RBI. The multi-homer outing was his second in as many days, matching the Club record with back-to-back two-homer contests. In addition, the performance was his fourth consecutive game with at least three hits, establishing a new franchise record. “Goldy” became the fifth player since 1908 to tally at least two extra-base hits and two RBI in four consecutive games, joining Frank Howard (May 12-16, 1968), Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (September 19-22, 1966), Vic Wertz (July 28-August 1, 1950) and Chet Laabs (July 15-17, 1942). Following his outstanding month at the plate, Arizona’s eighth round selection in the 2009 MLB Draft became just the second player in Club history to register at least 25 runs scored, eight doubles and 10 home runs in a single calendar month, joining his former teammate J.D. Martinez, who logged 26 runs scored, 16 homers and eight doubles during his award-winning month in September 2017. Led in large part by their slugging first baseman, Arizona collected 19 wins during the month of June and enter play today leading the NL West with a 47-37 (.560) mark on the season.

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included first baseman Jesús Aguilar (.313, 6 2B, 10 HR, 24 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado (.283, 21 R, 6 2B, 9 HR) of the Rockies; first baseman José Martínez (.314, 14 R, 8 HR, 21 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford (.326, 14 R, 14 XBH, 14 RBI) of the San Francisco Giants.

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Paul Goldschmidt will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for the accomplishment.

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Nationals sensational outfielder Juan Soto named June NL Rookie of the Month

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Juan Soto (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for June, and Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for the third month of the 2018 season. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

Soto batted .317 (26-for-82) with 19 runs scored, six doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and 18 walks over 19 games played to earn his first career monthly award. Among NL rookie hitters with at least 30 at-bats, Soto finished his historic month first in runs scored, home runs, walks, batting average, on-base percentage (.440) and slugging percentage (.610); second in hits and doubles; and third in RBI. Juan is the first Nationals player to claim the NL Rookie of the Month Award since his teammate Trea Turner won back-to-back monthly honors in August and September of 2016.

On June 13th against the New York Yankees, Soto recorded the first multi-home run game of his career, including the go-ahead homer in the seventh inning to lead Washington to a 5-4 victory. With the performance, the 19-year-old became the youngest player in team history to club a pair of homers in a single contest, and the fifth-youngest player in MLB history, trailing only Danny Murphy (19 years, 35 days), Hall of Famer Mel Ott (19, 77), Andruw Jones (19, 121) and Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (19, 190). Through 25 games of his Major League career, the Dominican Republic native became the first player in MLB history to blast six round-trippers. Moreover, the dynamic outfielder logged a personal-best 10-game hitting streak from June 17th-26th. During his hot stretch at the plate, Soto slashed .324/.442/.441 with six runs scored, 11 hits, four doubles and nine free passes. The lefthanded-hitting slugger saved his best performance for this past weekend, batting 4-for-6 with three runs scored, two homers and five RBI in Friday night’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Soto became the fourth teenager to post multiple multi-homer games, joining his teammate Bryce Harper (2012), as well as Griffey Jr. (1989) and Ott (1928). Additionally, Soto, who signed with Washington as a free agent in July 2015, became the first teenage player since at least 1908 to deliver four hits and a pair of homers in one game.

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included third baseman Brian Anderson (.301, 17 R, 34 H, 12 XBH) and outfielder Lewis Brinson (.267, 10 R, 4 3B, 13 RBI) of the Miami Marlins; relief pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano (14 G, 0.00 ERA, 12.1 IP, 10 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and starting pitcher Tyler Mahle (3-0, 2.18 ERA, 33.0 IP, 37 SO) and outfielder Jesse Winker (.308, 9 R, 5 HR, 20 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds.

In recognition of his Rookie of the Month Award, Juan Soto will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for the accomplishment.

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Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar named June AL Rookie of the Month

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Miguel Andújar at bat in 2018 photo By DR. Buddie - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for June, for the third month of the 2018 season.

Andújar posted a slash line of .264/.302/.560 with 10 runs scored, 24 hits, six doubles, seven home runs and 20 RBI across 25 games played to claim his first career monthly honor. Miguel finished his strong month among AL rookies with a minimum of 20 at-bats first in home runs, extra-base hits, RBI and slugging percentage; second in hits and doubles; tied for second in runs scored; and seventh in batting average. The right-handed-hitting slugger is the second-consecutive Yankee to take home AL Rookie of the Month honors, following fellow infielder Gleyber Torres, who was the AL Winner in May.

Andújar collected 12 hits through the first eight games of his award-winning month, slashing .444/.516/.926 with four runs scored, four doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI. Included in his torrid start to the month, the Dominican Republic native clubbed the first grand slam of his career against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 5th, matching his career high in RBI (4) with the performance. On Friday night against the archrival Boston Red Sox, Andújar batted 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead New York to an 8-1 victory. Still two weeks away from the 2018 Midsummer Classic in Washington DC, Miguel is the fifth Yankees rookie in franchise history to club at least 10 homers prior to the All-Star Game, joining his teammates Torres (14 HR, 2018) and Aaron Judge (30, 2017), as well as Nick Johnson (11, 2002) and Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio (11, 1936), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Joined by his All-Star hopeful teammate Torres, the dynamic duo is the first pair of rookies in Club history to accomplish the feat in the same season, and the first in the Majors since Corey Seager (17) and Trayce Thompson (13) of the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition, the fourth-inning homer on Friday was the 39th extra-base hit of his career. Through their first 74 career games played, only DiMaggio (54) and Bob Meusel (46) in Yankees lore totaled more extra-base hits during that time.

Others receiving votes for AL Rookie of the Month included outfielder Dustin Fowler (.294, 10 R, 6 XBH, 10 RBI) and relief pitcher Lou Trivino (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 18 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; shortstop Willy Adames (4 R, 13 H, 3 XBH, 6 RBI), first baseman Jake Bauers (.267, 12 R, 11 XBH, 7 RBI) and pitcher Ryne Stanek (12 G, 15.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 19 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays; and starting pitcher Shane Bieber (3-0, 0.96 ERA, 18.2 IP, 21 SO) of the Cleveland Indians.

In recognition of his Rookie of the Month Award, Miguel Andújar will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for the accomplishment.

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Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough named NL Reliever of the Month of June

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Kyle Barraclough (courtesy St. Mary's College)

Miami Marlins closer Kyle Barraclough has been voted the National League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford for the third period of the 2018 season.

Barraclough appeared in 12 games for the Marlins, converting each of his seven save opportunities during his first month as Miami’s closer. Across 12.0 scoreless innings pitched, Barraclough recorded 12 strikeouts, and allowed just two walks and one hit to claim his first career NL Reliever of the Month Award. The 28-year-old became the fifth relief pitcher in MLB history to appear in at least 12 games, not surrender a run and permit no more than two walks and one hit, joining Kimbrel (May 2017), Shawn Kelley (September 2016), Sergio Romo (July 2011) and Tony Fossas (May 1995). The four-year veteran yielded the first hit of his month on Friday against the New York Mets, capping a streak of 12 consecutive hitless appearances. Kyle’s 11.2-inning hitless streak is the longest such streak by a reliever in the Majors this season, and the third-longest in Club history, trailing only Armando Benitez, who delivered streaks of 14.1 and 12.0 innings during his 2014 All-Star campaign. In addition, the Santa Clara, California native allowed just one hit over his previous 20 appearances and 19.2 innings of work. Facing a minimum of 50 batters, Barraclough became the first Major League hurler since 1921 to allow one-or-fewer hits over a 20-game span. Entering play today, Kyle, who is vying for his first All-Star selection this season, ranks fourth among qualified Major League relievers in ERA (0.99), and has logged eight saves and 39 strikeouts across 36.1 innings.

Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included Daniel Hudson (1-1, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 17 SO) and All-Star Kenley Jansen (12 G, 9 SV, 2.03 ERA, 9 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; All-Star Sean Doolittle (7 G, 7 SV, 1.23 ERA, 0 BB) of the Washington Nationals; Ty Blach (2-0, 1.33 ERA, 20.1 IP, 12 SO) and Will Smith (12 G, 0.75 ERA, 21 SO, 4 BB) of the San Francisco Giants; Felipe Vázquez (1-0, 1.64 ERA, 6 SV, 19 SO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Jesse Biddle (12.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 14 SO, 4 H) of the Atlanta Braves; and Kirby Yates (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 15 SO) of the San Diego Padres.

The National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Kyle Barraclough, will receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

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Mariners closer Edwin Diaz named AL Reliever of the Month of June

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Edwin Diaz (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

For the second time this season, Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Díaz has been voted June’s American League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford.

Díaz appeared in 14 games for the Mariners, converting 12-of-13 save opportunities with a 1.88 ERA en route to earning his third career AL Reliever of the Month Award (also: July 2017 and April 2018). Across 14.1 innings pitched, the hard-throwing right-hander tallied 20 strikeouts and did not surrender a home run, while limiting the opposition to just two walks and 12 hits. On Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the Puerto Rico native notched his 30th save in Seattle’s 81st contest of the season. Díaz, who converted from a starting pitcher to a reliever during the 2015 season, became the third player since saves became an official statistic in 1969 to reach the 30-save mark across his Club’s first 81 games of a season, trailing only Francisco Rodríguez (31 in his record 2008 season) and Danny Graves (31, 2004). In addition, the 24-year-old became the first pitcher in MLB history to log at least 30 saves and tally at least 50 punchouts in those appearances. Overall, Seattle’s third round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft paces the Majors in saves (31) and is the 13th hurler in Major League history to collect at least 30 saves prior to the All-Star Game. The Mariners (54-31) enter play today with a perfect 40-0 mark when Edwin enters the game with a lead, including a 22-0 record when he pitchers with just a one-run lead.

All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman (1-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 IP, 19 SO) of the New York Yankees also posted a dominant month. Following his 20th save of the season on June 16th against the Tampa Bay Rays, the hard-throwing left-hander is joined by All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen as the only pitchers in the Majors to record at least 20 saves in each of the last seven seasons (2012-18). His 11 saves this past month matched Rafael Soriano (June 2012) for the third-most in a single calendar month in Club history, trailing only John Wetteland (15, June 1996) and Sparky Lyle (12, June 1973). Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included Chapman’s teammate Dellin Betances (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 22 SO, 1 H); May’s AL Reliever of the Month Blake Treinen (2-0, 0.68 ERA, 8 SV, 16 SO) and Lou Trivino (4-1, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 28 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; Chris Devenski (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 IP, 12 SO) and Brad Peacock (12 G, 0.68 ERA, 13.1 IP, 22 SO) of the Houston Astros; Joakim Soria (12 G, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 13 SO) of the Chicago White Sox; and Neil Ramírez (13 G, 0.00 ERA, 12 SO, 4 H) of the Cleveland Indians.

The American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Edwin Díaz, will receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

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