Myers named top NL player for June

Padres slugger equalled team mark with 21 extra-base hits in month

Myers named top NL player for June

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers capped his incredible June by taking home his first National League Player of the Month Award on Saturday.

Myers set a franchise record with 11 June homers -- tying him with the Cubs' Kris Bryant for the NL lead. He batted .327/.529/.765 while equaling a franchise mark with 21 extra-base hits in a single month.

With his massive performance over the past month, Myers thrust himself squarely into the mix to represent the hometown Padres at the All-Star Game presented by Master Card. With 19 homers, he'd also appear to be a prime candidate for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby.

For Myers, his recent performance has been a reminder of what he's capable of doing, when healthy. Over the past two seasons, he played in just 147 games combined due to wrist injuries, while posting sub-par numbers. He hit just 14 home runs in 2014-15 -- five fewer than he's hit already in the first half of '16.

Myers' three-run homer

"This [month] is probably the most meaningful [in my career], coming after two years of not doing anything, being in and out of the lineup," Myers said earlier this week. "I'm finally getting consistent at-bats, so I've been able to do this -- and I know this is something I'm very capable of doing."

Myers entered June coming off a month in which he posted a .576 OPS. But around the end of May, hitting coach Alan Zinter installed a small leg kick in Myers' swing to help with timing, and the results have been palpable.

Along with the offensive numbers, Myers hasn't committed an error this season, and he owns the highest Ultimate Zone Rating among first basemen. He's also swiped 12 bags -- more than any other player at his position.

Myers is the first Padres player to take home a monthly award since Chase Headley won in back-to-back months in August and September of 2012. (Coincidentally, Headley is in town this weekend with the visiting Yankees.)

And if there was any question as to whether Myers' success would continue in July, he erased those doubts against New York on Friday, going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk and a stolen base.

Myers' two-run home run

"I wasn't too worried about the calendar flipping," said Padres manager Andy Green with a wry grin. "I felt pretty good about where his swing was."

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.