Reyes named NL's top player for April

Reyes named NL's top player for April

Shortstop Jose Reyes is the engine that makes the Mets offense run. Batting leadoff, it's the 23-year-old's responsibility to jumpstart one of the National League's most powerful offenses.

And that's exactly what Reyes did in the first month of the 2007 season. After finishing April with a .356 average and scoring 26 runs, Reyes was voted the Sharp Presents the National League Player of the Month. It's the first time Reyes has received the honor during his three-year career.

Entering Wednesday's action, Reyes led the Major Leagues with 17 stolen bases and five triples. He's on pace to threaten the Mets single-season record for triples (21) set by Lance Johnson in 1996.

"Every time I see the ball in the gap, 99 percent of them are going to be a triple and I'm going to be at third base," Reyes said earlier this month. "I just put the ball in the right place. That makes it easy for me."

Sharp will present Reyes with a Sharp AQUO full HD LCD-TV for his impressive month, and he will also receive a trophy for the achievement.

Other players receiving votes were Florida's Miguel Cabrera who hit .360 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs, San Francisco's Barry Bonds who hit .356 with eight home runs and 17 RBIs, and Reyes' teammate Carlos Beltran who hit .356 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.

Gregor Chisholm is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.