New York, NY – Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been voted the National League Player and Rookie of the Month for June, marking just the fifth time since the awards have been handed out that one player garnered both accolades in the same month.
Puig joins Dontrelle Willis (FLA, June 2003), Ryan Braun (MIL, July 2007), Jeremy Hellickson (TB, May 2011) and Mike Trout (LAA, July 2012) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
In 26 games last month, his first in the big leagues, Puig led the majors with a .436 batting average, 44 hits and a .713 slugging percentage. The Cuban native ranked first among Senior Circuit leaders with a .467 on-base percentage, second with 72 total bases, tied for third with 19 runs scored and tied for fifth with seven home runs.
Puig led all Major League rookies in homers, RBI (16), runs scored, on-base percentage, slugging and total bases and placed second in stolen bases with four. His 44 hits ranked as the second-most all-time for a player in their debut calendar month, behind Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio's 48 hits in May 1936.
Puig joined DiMaggio as the only players in Major League history to record at least 40 hits while hitting at least four home runs in their first month.
Other players receiving votes for the monthly honor were Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez, Washington's Ian Desmond, Colorado's Michael Cuddyer and San Francisco's Buster Posey . Others receiving votes for the top rooke included Atlanta's Julio Teheran, Miami's Jose Fernandez and Washington's Anthony Rendon.