Indians outfielder hit .348/.416/.681 with 15 RBIs in July
By Joe Trezza
Another month, another piece of hardware. Tyler Naquin made it two in a row for the American League Rookie of the Month, as he was named the award winner for July on Wednesday.
The sweet-swinging outfielder, who became a regular for the first time in June -- he also won the award for that month -- is the first Indians player to win Rookie of the Month twice in the same season.
Naquin shows no signs of relinquishing the title, either. In the fifth inning of Wednesday's 13-5 loss to the Twins, Naquin jacked a two-run shot to right, halving the deficit at the time. Per Statcast™, the ball traveled an estimated 390 feet from home plate at 100 mph. His 13 home runs this season is tied for second most amongst AL rookies.
Naquin hit .348/.416/.681 in July for the first-place Indians, pacing all Major League rookies in hitting, on-base percentage and OPS (1.097). Naquin collected 47 total bases, 24 hits and 11 extra-base hits, and he drove in 15 runs, while playing mostly against right-handed pitching.
In 72 games this season, Naquin has posted an impressive .328/.394/.613 slash line, with 12 home runs, 32 RBIs and 125 total bases.
Other candidates for the award included Twins outfielder Max Kepler (eight home runs, 23 RBIs) and Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert (32 hits, .340 batting average).
Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.