Jose Abreu named AL Player, Rookie of the Month

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for April, the first such honor for the White Sox since Magglio Ordonez in July 2003. He joins Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig (June 2013) as the only two players since the award's 1974 inception to win in their first month in the Majors. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor of 24 of 30 Clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award.

Along with being named as the league's top player, Abreu also claimed the American League Rookie of the Month Award. Jose's teammate Gordon Beckham last won rookie honors for the White Sox in July 2009. The 27-year-old is the eighth player ever to win both the Player/Pitcher of the Month Award and the Rookie of the Month Award in the same calendar month, joining Florida's Dontrelle Willis (June 2003), Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (July 2007), San Francisco's Buster Posey (July 2010), Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and Chris Archer (July 2013), the Angels' Mike Trout (July 2012) and Puig (June 2013).

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.