New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Houston Astros starter Collin McHugh was tabbed the American League Rookie of the Month for September.
McHugh capped his first full season in the majors by going 4-0 with a 1.59 earned run average over 28 1/3 innings pitched in four starts. He limited batters to a .150 average and ranked sixth in strikeouts-per-nine-innings (7.94).
The 27-year-old Chicagoland native and right-hander ended up 11-9 with a 2.73 ERA over 25 starts for the Astros, who snapped a franchise-worst streak of three consecutive 100-loss seasons in 2014.
McHugh joins Roy Oswalt (August 2001), Kirk Saarloos (July 2002) and Hunter Pence (May 2007) as the only Astros players to snag a monthly honor as a first-year player.
Others considered for the season's final month were Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts, Twins outfielder Danny Santana and Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura.