Dodgers’ Alex Guerrero, Adrian Gonzalez collect monthly honors.

Alex Guerrero

Alex Guerrero is the National League rookie of the month for April. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)


MILWAUKEE — Two Dodgers players earned trophies from MLB Monday. Adrian Gonzalez was hardly a surprise pick as the National League’s Player of the Month after leading all qualified batters with a .790 slugging percentage and hitting five home runs in the Dodgers’ first three games. No player had achieved the latter feat in baseball history.

The Dodgers have the National League’s top rookie for April as well, but it isn’t Joc Pederson.

Alex Guerrero was given the honor after leading qualified NL rookies with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) and a 1.077 slugging percentage last month, and ranked first among NL rookies and tied for seventh overall in home runs (5) and RBI (13).

Guerrero said he was not aware the award existed before Monday. Since his batting average peaked at .500 on April 26, Guerrero has one hit in his past 12 at-bats. He was benched on Monday in favor of Juan Uribe at third base and Scott Van Slyke in left field against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.

Pederson and rookie reliever Yimi Garcia were listed among the runners up for the award.

Adrian Gonzalez chosen National League Player of the Week

For those of us who love baseball stats, sometimes fun with small sample sizes is just that — a little harmless fun.

Other times, it means a free watch.

Such was the case Monday for Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, whose video-game like stat line from the first week of the season earned him National League Player of the Week honors for the week of April 6-12. Here are those stats, in relation to other qualified major league hitters from the first week of the regular season:

Adrian Gonzalez stats
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