Bryant slugs way to NL ROTM honor for May

Bryant slugs way to NL ROTM honor for May

Kris Bryant is already raking in the hardware after his first full month in the Majors.

The Cubs third baseman was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May on Wednesday after ranking near the top of nearly every offensive category among rookies.

"I really feel comfortable right now, just getting used to the break of the pitches, the speed behind them and the size of the stadiums -- all that stuff," Bryant said. "It's just starting to feel more natural to me, and I think that I just feel a lot more comfortable up there."

Bryant's 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored led all Major League rookies in May, while he ranked second in home runs (seven), slugging percentage (.510), on-base percentage (.365) and total bases (52). His .265 batting average was the sixth-highest average among qualified NL rookies.

Bryant's 22 RBIs were the third most by a Cubs rookie during the month of May in the past 100 years, trailing Bob Speake's 29 in 1955 and Ernie Banks' 27 in '54.

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"RBIs are a great stat," Bryant said. "You're driving in runs; I think that's my job and what they want me to do. I'm really just trying to take advantage of situations where I can get someone in, and I think throughout the month I did a pretty good job of that."

Bryant's seven homers included two memorable ones. His blast on May 11 christened the just-opened left-field bleachers at Wrigley Field, while his 477-foot homer on May 26 was the first to hit Wrigley's newly-installed left-field video board.

Bryant also posted a 12-game hitting streak in May, and he entered play Wednesday leading all Major League rookies with a .273 batting average and 33 RBIs.

"I guess it's just direct correlation of helping the team win," Bryant said. "It's been my goal and always will be my goal. Awards are cool and all, but you don't play the game just for those."

Cash Kruth is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.