Abreu batted .270 (31-for-115) with eight doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 32 RBI and 20 runs scored in 29 games, leading the Majors in homers, RBI, total bases (71) and extra-base hits (19) while establishing new Major League rookie records in all four of those categories. The Cuban native finished fifth overall in slugging percentage (.617), tied for seventh in multi-hit games (11) and was tied for 10th in runs scored. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Abreu's 32 RBI tied Joe DiMaggio (1936), Ted Williams (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001) for the third-highest total in Major League history by a player in his first 29 career games, and his 10 homers were the most by a White Sox rookie in any month. He is the first rookie since Minnesota's Kent Hrbek in 1982 (8 HR, 22 RBI) to lead the Majors in both homers and RBI through April and is the first White Sox player to lead all of Baseball in both categories in any month since Roy Sievers in July 1960 (Elias). The right-handed-hitting Abreu, who also won A.L. Player of the Week honors for April 21st-27th, notched four games with at least four RBI, another Major League first for players in their first 29 games, including two multi-homer efforts in his first 10 games to become the third-ever to do so.
Others receiving A.L. Player of the Month votes included Toronto's Jose Bautista (.293, 8 HR, 18 RBI) and Melky Cabrera (.342, 8 2B, 5 HR, 8 RBI); the Angels' Albert Pujols (.279, 9 HR, 23 RBI) and Mike Trout (.321, 8 2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI); Oakland's Josh Donaldson (.279, 10 2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI); and Abreu's teammate Alexei Ramirez (.351, 4 HR, 19 RBI). Starting pitchers Masahiro Tanaka (3-0, 2.27 ERA, 6 BB, 46 SO) of the New York Yankees and Yordano Ventura (2-1, 1.50 ERA, 31 SO) of the Kansas City Royals also received voting consideration for A.L. Rookie of the Month.
In recognition of his Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month Award and his American League Rookie of the Month Award, Jose Abreu will receive two specially designed trophies, suitably engraved, for his accomplishments.