Dodgers slugger named top player after eight HRs; phenom gets rookie nod
By Joey Nowak
After a historic start to the season, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been named the National League Player of the Month for the first time in his career, while Alex Guerrero was named the NL Rookie of the Month after leading all first-year players in the Senior Circuit with a .423 average.
Gonzalez was previously voted American League Player of the Month while with the Red Sox in June 2011. The first baseman led the Majors in slugging (.790) and the NL in home runs (eight) in April, while posting a .383 batting average, nine doubles, 19 RBIs, 19 runs scored and a .432 on-base percentage.
Gonzalez began the year by becoming the first player in MLB history to hit five home runs in his team's first three games of the season. In that opening three-game series against the Padres, Gonzalez had 10 hits, five homers and seven RBIs.
The four-time All-Star set a Dodgers record with 19 hits through the first nine games of the season.
Guerrero, who made his second Opening Day roster this year after spending most of last year at Triple-A Albuquerque, led NL rookies with a 1.077 slugging percentage, five home runs and 13 RBIs.
In his first start of the season, the 28-year-old went 3-for-5 with four RBIs on April 12. Guerrero finished the day a triple shy of the cycle and hit his first Major League home run in a 7-4 victory over the D-backs.
Guerrero went 3-for-7 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs as a pinch-hitter, already becoming the first Dodger with multiple pinch-hit homers in a season since Marcus Thames in 2011.
Guerrero is the first Dodgers rookie to win monthly honors since Yasiel Puig in June 2013. Fellow Dodgers Joc Pederson (.298 average, 13 runs, 17 hits, five doubles, four home runs, 10 RBIs, .596 slugging) and Yimi Garcia (2-0 record, 0.77 ERA, 19 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings) also received votes for the award.
Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.