Mookie Betts named The Budweiser Presents AL Player of the Month for July

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for July. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor of 25 of 30 clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award.

Betts batted .368 (35-for-95) with 15 runs scored, 10 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 15 RBI and five stolen bases over 23 games to claim his first career Player of the Month Award. Betts joins teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., who took home AL Player of the Month honors this past May, as a winner this season.

Among AL leaders in July with a minimum of 55 at-bats, Mookie finished the period first in doubles and extra-base hits (16), second in hits and batting average, tied for second in triples, third in stolen bases and slugging percentage (.653), and fifth in on-base percentage (.415). Heading into the Midsummer Classic in San Diego this season, Betts became the second Red Sox hitter with at least 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases before the All-Star break, joining Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (1970). The first-time All-Star batted .304 (117-for-385) with 75 runs scored, 23 doubles, 18 home runs and 15 stolen bases, becoming the first Sox hitter in club history with 75 runs scored and 100 hits at the break. The only other Red Sox player with at least 75 runs scored in the first half of a season was Hall of Famer Ted Williams, who accomplished the feat three times (1946, 1949, 1950).

Moreover, the Nashville, Tennessee native joined Hall of Famer Wade Boggs (71 R, 125 H, 17 HR in 1987) and Manny Ramirez (72 R, 110 H, 21 HR in 2003) as the only players in franchise history to post more than 70 runs scored, 100 hits and 15 home runs prior to the break. Betts, who was Boston's fifth round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft, became the sixth Red Sox player this season with a hitting streak of more than 10 games. From June 28th-July 16th, the speedy defensive standout logged a hit in 13 consecutive games, batting .397 (23-for-58) with nine runs scored, six doubles, two home runs, five RBI and three stolen bases during his hot stretch. On July 30th against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium, the 23-year-old delivered his sixth leadoff round-tripper of the season, the second-most by a Boston hitter in a single season since 1913 (Nomar Garciaparra, 7, 1997). It was his third leadoff home run in his last eight games, following the same feat on July 21st and July 22nd at Fenway Park.

Betts became the first player in club history to lead off consecutive games at Fenway Park with a home run, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included Albert Pujols (.360 OBP, 13 R, 6 HR, 31 RBI) of the Angels; Josh Donaldson (.316, 21 R, 7 2B, 6 HR) of the Toronto Blue Jays; Mike Napoli (.584 SLG, 18 R, 8 HR, 20 RBI) and July's AL Rookie of the Month Tyler Naquin (.348, .681 SLG, 5 2B, 6 HR) of the Cleveland Indians; Jose Altuve (.354, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 4 SB) of the Houston Astros; and Mitch Moreland (.339, .750 SLG, 7 HR, 12 RBI) of the Texas Rangers. The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Mookie Betts, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.