The winners of Major League Baseball’s monthly individual awards for May 2023 have been announced.
Major League Baseball announced today the winners of the May individual awards – Player of the Month, Pitcher of the Month, Rookie of the Month, and Reliever of the Month.
The following are the May individual award winners.
Player of the Month
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was named the American League Player of the Month. It’s his sixth career award and first of the season.
Despite spending the first part of May on the disabled list, he was named Player of the Month. His performance was impressive. In 21 games, he batted .342 with a .474 on-base percentage, .882 slugging percentage, 12 home runs and 25 RBIs.
He drew 20 walks while striking out 25 times. In the 21 games he played, the team went 14-7.
The National League Player of the Month honors went to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman. It was his fourth career award.
In 28 games in May, Freeman batted .400 with a .462 on-base percentage, .722 slugging percentage, six home runs and 26 RBIs. Has a 20-game hitting streak dating back to May 11.
Pitcher of the Month
Texas Rangers right-hander Nathan Eovaldi was named the American League Pitcher of the Month. It’s his first career award.
In five starts in May, Iboldi pitched 37 2/3 innings with a dominant 0.96 ERA, two home runs, nine walks, 31 strikeouts and a .178 batting average.
He tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts against Oakland on May 12, then tossed a complete game shutout against Pittsburgh on May 24, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts in nine innings.
Michael Wacka of the San Diego Padres was named the National League Pitcher of the Month. It was his first such honor.
After struggling in April with a 6.75 ERA in five games, he was a completely different player in May. In five games and 32 innings, he posted a 0.84 ERA, one home run, seven walks, 26 strikeouts, and a .147 batting average.
On May 22 at home against Kansas City, he pitched a dominant seven innings of one-hit ball with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Rookie of the Month
Texas’ Josh Young was named Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month after winning in April.
In 26 games in May, Young batted .318 with a .357 on-base percentage, .561 slugging percentage, six home runs and 16 RBIs as the team’s starting third baseman.
He reached base in each of the final 14 games of the month, including four home runs, five doubles, and 12 RBIs for a 1.284 OPS.
Spencer Steer of the Cincinnati Reds was named the National League Rookie of the Month.
Taking a shot at the starting first base job with Joey Votto’s injury, he posted a respectable .319 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .575 slugging percentage, six home runs and 19 RBIs in 28 games in May.
Relief Pitcher of the Month
Alex Lane of the Detroit Tigers became the second Detroit pitcher to win this award, joining Shane Greene.
Lane made 10 appearances in the month of May, pitching 10 2/3 innings and allowing just one run. His ERA was 0.84, with just three hits, six walks, and 17 strikeouts. In all seven save situations, he earned a save and two wins. The team won all 10 of his appearances.먹튀검증
Camilo Doval of the San Francisco Giants was named Relief Pitcher of the Month for the third time.
Doval pitched 13 2/3 innings in 14 games in May, allowing three runs (two earned) on one hit and four walks with 23 strikeouts. He converted all eleven save opportunities and the team went 12-2 in his appearances.