A torrid start to his 12th big league campaign rendered Gonzalez the Major League leader in slugging (.790) and the NL leader in home runs (8) after the season's first month. He also ranked among league leaders with a .383 batting average (3rd), nine doubles (T-3rd), 19 RBI (3rd), 19 runs scored (3rd) and a .432 on-base percentage (9th). His offensive contributions helped the NL West-leading Dodgers go 13-8 during the month of April. Gonzalez opened the season by becoming the first player in Major League history to club five home runs in his team's first three games of a season (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). The four-time All-Star, who led baseball with 116 RBI in 2014, posted 10 hits, five home runs and seven RBI during the three-game opening set with San Diego (April 6th- 8th), helping him earn his eighth career Player of the Week citation for the week ending April 12th. Gonzalez established a new club record by collecting 19 hits through the first nine games of the season, surpassing Reggie Smith (1980), Babe Herman (1929) and Tommy Griffith (1919). This is his first career NL Player of the Month Award. He was voted AL Player of the Month for June 2011 as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
Other players receiving votes included Matt Carpenter (.372, 21 R, 32 H, 13 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, .651 SLG, .438 OBP) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Kris Bryant (.318, 14 H, 10 RBI, .455 OBP) of the Chicago Cubs; and Miami's Dee Gordon (.409, 11 R, 38 H, 11 RBI, 8 SB, .418 OBP) and Giancarlo Stanton (.284, 16 R, 23 H, 6 HR, 21 RBI, .593 SLG).
The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for April 2015, Adrian Gonzalez, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.