Turner Named NL Rookie of the Month

Washington Nationals infielder/outfielder Trea Turner has been voted the National League Rookie of the Month for September.

In 27 games last month, Turner paced NL rookies and was tied for sixth among all National Leaguers with seven home runs, while ranking second among all Major Leaguers with 13 stolen bases. He also ranked among Major League rookie leaders with 38 hits (T-1st) and 68 total bases (T-1st). The 23-year-old's 16 RBI and .591 slugging percentage both ranked second among NL rookies, while his .330 batting average (38-for-107) and .358 on-base percentage ranked fourth and sixth, respectively.

Turner opened the month by swiping a pair of bases in Washington's 4-1 victory over the New York Mets on September 2nd, becoming the first rookie in franchise history to steal 20-or-more bases since Montreal's Mike Lansing (1993). On September 9th, the Florida native notched his first multi-homer performance in a 5-4 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Turner clubbed a two-run home run in the seventh inning before delivering a game-ending solo shot in the bottom of the ninth frame for his first career walk-off homer. The North Carolina State University product tied a career high (two times previously) with a four-hit performance on September 16th, leading the way to a 7-2 victory at Atlanta. With his second straight NL Rookie of the Month Award (also August 2016), Turner becomes the first NL rookie to win the honor in back-to-back months since the late Jose Fernandez did so in July and August of his Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 season.

Other rookies receiving votes included Arizona's Brandon Drury (.341, 19 R, 31 H, 5 HR, 17 RBI, .604 SLG, .400 OBP); St. Louis Cardinals hurler Alex Reyes (3-1, 1.97 ERA, 35 SO, 32.0 IP); Robert Gsellman (3-1, 2.06 ERA, 35 SO, 35.0 IP), T.J. Rivera (.365, 7 R, 23 H, 3 HR, 12 RBI, .571 SLG) and Seth Lugo (3-0, 2.76 ERA, 17 SO, 29.1 IP) of the New York Mets; San Diego's Hunter Renfroe (.370, 4 HR, 12 RBI, .852 SLG); Cincinnati's Scott Schebler (.337, 14 R, 31 H, 2 HR, 15 RBI, .402 OBP); Atlanta's Dansby Swanson (.313, 14 R, 25 H, 3 HR, 13 RBI, .500 SLG); and Colorado's Raimel Tapia (.250, 4 R, 9 H).

The National League Rookie of the Month for September, Trea Turner, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.