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MLB names American League Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Month for June

MLB American League monthly awards


MLB announces American League Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Month for June.


Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros- American League Player of the Month.

Danny Salazar of the Cleveland Indians-American League Pitcher of the Month.

Tyler Naquin of the Cleveland Indians- American League Rookie of the Month for June.


Jose Altuve

Altuve batted .420 with 19 runs scored, six doubles, a triple, four home runs, 15 RBI and six stolen bases over 26 games. Among AL leaders in June with a minimum of 75 at-bats, Jose finished first in batting average, hits and on-base percentage (.492), while ranking second in stolen bases. The 26-year-old’s batting average established a new franchise record for the month of June among players with at least 75 atbats. Additionally, he reached base in every game during the month, compiling a 32-game streak, dating back to May 26th.

It was the longest-active streak of its kind in the Majors, and the longest by an Astro since Lance Berkman reached safely in 37 consecutive games from July 30-August 8, 2004. On June 29th, the three-time All-Star collected two singles, a double, one triple, four runs scored and a stolen base in Houston’s 10-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Altuve joined Hall of Famers Joe Morgan (1965) and Craig Biggio (1994), as well as Cesar Cedeno (1977), Steve Finley (1992) and Berkman (2008) as the only players in club history to record at least four hits, including two extra-base hits, while also scoring four runs and stealing a base in one game. This is his first career Player of the Month Award, and the first for the Astros since Berkman took home monthly honors in May 2008, when Houston was playing in the National League.


Danny Salazar

Salazar compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.91 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 33 innings in his 5 starts to claim his first career AL Pitcher of the month award.  He finished the month first in wins, fourth in ERA and tied for sixth in strikeouts.  This 2016 AL All-Star hopeful became the first Cleveland pitcher to reach the 10 win bench-mark prior to July 1st, since Justin Masterson in 2013.  This 26 year old leads the AL in ERA(2.22) and has allowed four or more runs in just once.


Tyler Naquin

Naquin hit .338 (22-for-65) with 12 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, six home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases over 23 games during his award-winning month. Against his AL rookie counterparts with a minimum of 20 at-bats, Tyler finished the period first in triples, extra-base hits (14), walks (10) and slugging percentage (.785), tied for first in home runs, second in batting average, tied for second in RBI and stolen bases, and tied for third in doubles. The 25-year-old rookie homered in three straight games from June 3rd-5th, becoming just the second Indians player to accomplish the feat this season  (also Yan Gomes, May 13th-16th). In his first four games of the month, the left-handed-hitting outfielder logged an RBI in each game, while batting .545 (6-for-11) during the stretch with four extra-base hits. Naquin, the 15th overall pick by Cleveland in the 2012 MLB Draft, delivered his best game of the season on June 18th, going 3-for-3 with a run scored, triple, home run and four RBI in a 13-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field.
All three June monthly award winners will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of their accomplishments.