Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was chosen the National League’s player of the month for May on Tuesday.
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In 28 May contests, Puig led the Majors with a .398 batting average (43-for-108) and a .492 on-base percentage. His 43 hits paced the N.L. and set a new Los Angeles record for hits in the month of May. The 23-year-old also led the Senior Circuit in RBI (25), slugging percentage (.731), extra-base hits (19) and total bases (79). His eight homers tied Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton for the league lead while his 20 runs scored were tied for fourth. Puig reached base safely in each of his games played during the month and collected hits in 26 of the 28 contests. The Cuban slugger belted 10 doubles during the month and swiped four bases.
Puig’s bat helped one of the top offensive teams in the N.L. to 15 May wins, and the Dodgers led the league with 276 hits and 139 runs scored during the month. Puig notched his 21st multi-hit effort of the season, which was one of 12 such performances during the month, on Wednesday, May 29 as the Dodgers dropped a 6-3 decision to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. He is currently tied for the Major League lead with 22 multi-hit games this season.
The young star etched his name in the Dodger record books yet again after posting eight consecutive games from May 9-17 with at least one extra-base hit and one RBI. The streak eclipsed Pedro Guerrero’s previous club record of seven such outings (July 31-August 9, 1985). From May 12-18, Puig posted a .348 batting average (8-for-23) with three home runs and 10 RBI en route to his second N.L. Player of the Week recognition in as many seasons. The sophomore standout saw his career-high 16-game hitting streak (dating back to April 30) end with a hitless outing in a May 18 loss to the Diamondbacks, but he followed with a three-hit day on May 20, scoring a pair of runs and driving in one in a 9-4 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. Puig, who is tied for second in the N.L. with four outfield assists on the season, also made a number of defensive gems during the month, highlighted by a spectacular diving grab against the Mets on May 22.
Puig got off to a hot start last month, tying a career high (two times) with a four-hit game in a 9-4 win in the front end of a doubleheader at Minnesota on May 1st. He finished with six hits on the day after going 2-for-6 in Game 2. This is Puig’s second career N.L. Player of the Month Award after having been voted both Player and Rookie of the Month for June 2013, which was his first month in the Majors.
Earlier Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that Puig had surged from fifth to first among National League outfielders in All-Star Game balloting. His total of 935,276 votes leads Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon (883,186) and Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (863,307).
Puig enjoyed a month of firsts off the field too, visiting the White House, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and learning about 9/11 for the first time.
Player of the Month award winners receive “a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved” in recognition of his accomplishment.