Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has been named American League Rookie of the Month for April.
Travis batted .325 (26-for-80) with six home runs, 19 RBI, 17 runs scored and six doubles to claim his first monthly award. He is the first Blue Jay to win Rookie of the Month honors since pitcher Scott Richmond in April 2009. Devon's exceptional month at the plate placed him at the top of numerous offensive categories (minimum 20 at bats) for the period, finishing first among rookies in the AL in runs scored, homers, RBI, hits, batting average, slugging percentage (.625), on-base percentage (.393) and doubles (6). The rookie was also second in the AL with seven walks. The West Palm Beach, Florida native logged the highest slugging percentage and recorded the most extra-base hits (12) for rookies in the month of April in Blue Jays history, while his hits, home runs, RBI, and batting average were good enough for second.
On April 6th, the right-handed-hitting Travis launched the first home run of his career as Toronto topped the New York Yankees, 6-1, at Yankee Stadium. The former 13th round Draft pick (by the Detroit Tigers in 2012) became just the second player in club history to hit a home run as their first hit in their Major League debut that occurred on Opening Day. The only other Jay to accomplish that feat was Al Woods in the club's very first game in 1977 against the Chicago White Sox. Travis was the first player in MLB since Jason Heyward (Atlanta Braves - 2010) to hit a home run as their first hit in their ML debut on Opening Day (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau). On April 15th, the outstanding rookie delivered his first career three-hit game, including a solo homer to propel the Blue Jays to a 12-7 victory over their AL East rival Tampa Bay Rays. Over a seven-game hitting streak from April 12th-18th, Travis batted .379 (11-for-29), delivering two homers, nine RBI, five runs scored, and three doubles. The six-homer effort by Travis this month was the most by a Blue Jays rookie in any month since Brett Lawrie hit six homers in August 2011. It marked the 11th time a Blue Jays rookie has hit at least six round-trippers in any month (ninth player overall). Additionally, the 19 RBI recorded by the Florida State product is tied for the fifth highest for any month by a rookie (most since Josh Phelps in September/October 2002), while his slugging percentage was the highest by a rookie second baseman in April since 1914.
The only other rookie in the American League to receive votes was Devon's teammate Miguel Castro (0-2, 11 G, 10 IP, 3.60 ERA, 4 SV, 8 SO).
In recognition of his American League Rookie of the Month Award, Devon Travis will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.