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Bryant, Hendricks, Turner named NL Monthly Award-winners for August

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant and Kyle Hendricks are Player/Pitcher of the Month; Nationals’ Trea Turner is Rookie of the Month

Press Release | September 3rd, 2016

Third baseman Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs and second baseman-outfielder Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals have been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, National League Pitcher of the Month and National League Rookie of the Month, respectively.

Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor for 24 of 30 MLB clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award.
In 27 games last month, Bryant led the NL with a .748 slugging percentage and was tied for second in home runs with 10. The two-time All-Star ranked second in on-base percentage (.472) and total bases (80), while his .383 (41-for-107) batting average ranked third among qualifying NL hitters. The second-year slugger’s 22 RBI were the eighth-most in the NL last month. This is his first career Player of the Month honor after being voted Rookie of the Month twice last season (May and August).

In six starts last month, Cubs hurler Kyle Hendricks posted a 4-0 record with a Major League-leading 1.28 ERA (six earned runs in 42.1 innings pitched). The right-hander was tied for the NL lead in wins last month, while his 36 strikeouts were tied for the fifth-most among NL pitchers. Hendricks held opposing hitters to a .179 batting average across his six outings last month, and he tossed his second career complete-game shutout on August 1st vs. Miami. This is his first career Pitcher of the Month honor.
In 28 games during the month of August, Nationals rookie Trea Turner was tied for the Major League lead in hits (45), while pacing NL rookies with a .357 batting average (45-for-126). The Florida native also ranked among the NL rookie leaders in total bases (1st, 72); stolen bases (T-1st, 11); runs scored (T-1st, 27); slugging percentage (2nd, .571); home runs (T-3rd, 5); and RBI (3rd, 15). This is his first career monthly award.

Other players receiving votes for the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month Award were Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (.356, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 4 2B, 27 R), DJ LeMahieu (.439, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 4 2B, .534 OBP), and Charlie Blackmon (.360, 11 HR, 21 RBI, 6 2B, 30 R); Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman (.313, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 9 2B, .460 OBP; and Washington’s Turner.

For the NL Pitcher of the Month Award, other pitchers receiving votes included Chicago’s Jon Lester (3-0, 1.71 ERA, 31.2 IP, 7 BB, 35 SO) and Aroldis Chapman (0-1, 1.38 ERA, 11 SV, 13.0 IP, 5 BB, 22 SO); Julio Urias (4-0, 1.99 ERA, 22.2 IP, 8 BB, 22 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Washington’s Tanner Roark (4-1, 2.56 ERA, 38.2 IP, 14 BB, 26 SO); and Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova (4-0, 2.87 ERA, 1 CG, 31.1 IP, 1 BB, 22 SO).

Other rookies receiving votes included Urias; San Diego’s Ryan Schimpf (.253, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 6 2B, 4 3B, 22 R); Corey Seager of the Dodgers (.330, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 7 2B, 36 R, .411 OBP); and Colorado’s David Dahl (.324, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 7 2B, 3 3B, 36 R).

All three August monthly award winners will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of their accomplishments.