Jul 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a three run home run against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (not pictured) during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
It was announced on Wednesday that Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu was selected as the American League Rookie of the Month for June.
This was the second time he won the award in his third month in the Majors. He also won the award in April.
In a press release by MLB it stated about Abreu’s month on June:
"“Abreu batted .313 (31-for-99) with six doubles, 10 homers, 22 RBI, 15 runs scored in 25 games to claim his second Rookie of the Month Award this season, also winning in April. He is the first White Sox two-time winner of the honor since its inception before the 2001 season. His 10 home runs led all Major League hitters.”"
This is a well-deserved honor, and in my honest opinion, I believe he should be the current leader when folks think about who the AL Rookie of the Year will be.
Abreu is currently second place in AL first baseman All-Star voting, trailing Miguel Cabrera. I understand why he trails the former MVP and triple-crown winner, but for this season, Abreu has played better.
Too bad fans other than the White Sox haven’t seen this as per the voting.
It will be interesting to see how much more Abreu continues to improve in July, and maybe he can win the award for a third time.