Ryan Schimpf of the San Diego Padres voted NL Rookie of the Month for July

Second baseman Ryan Schimpf of the San Diego Padres has been voted the National League Rookie of the Month for July.

In 24 games last month, the left-handed-hitting slugger led all Major League players with nine home runs and ranked second in slugging with a .705 mark. Schimpf paced Major League rookies with 15 extra-base hits, 55 total bases and a .387 on-base percentage, while his 17 runs scored ranked second. His 17 RBI were tied for second among NL rookies, while his .269 (21-for-78) batting average ranked fourth.

On July 6th, Schimpf notched his first career multi-home run performance in a 13-6 win at Arizona. The Louisiana State University product clubbed a line-drive, two-run homer in the fourth inning and added a solo shot in the ninth. The three RBI marked a career high for the 28-year-old, and it was also his third consecutive multi-hit performance. On July 24th, Schimpf went 3-for-5 with a home run and a pair of RBI, leading the Padres to a 10-6 victory at Washington. It marked the first three-hit performance for the fifth round draft selection (by Toronto, 2009), who signed with San Diego as a free agent last November.

Schimpf becomes the fourth Padres player to be voted NL Rookie of the Month since the award's inception in 2001, joining Josh Barfield (July 2006), Khalil Greene (April and August 2004) and Xavier Nady (May 2003). This is his first career monthly award. Other rookies receiving votes were Colorado's Trevor Story (.288, 20 R, 8 HR, 22 RBI, .625 SLG) and Jon Gray (2-1, 1.89 ERA, 31 SO, 33.1 IP); Corey Seager (.347, 15 R, 33 H, HR, 10 RBI, .625 SLG) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Philadelphia's Tommy Joseph (.328, 12 R, 22 H, 6 HR, 11 RBI, .657 SLG); Milwaukee's Zach Davies (3-0, 1.71 ERA, 17 SO, 26.1 IP) and Junior Guerra (2-1, 1.59 ERA, 25 SO, 34.0 IP); and Arizona's Jake Barrett (1-0, 0.90 ERA, 2 SV, 11 SO, 10.0 IP). The National League Rookie of the Month for July, Ryan Schimpf, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance. ###