NL West on top for player monthly honors

NL West on top for player monthly honors

Colorado right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, whose no-hitter was merely the finest moment of an exceptional month, and Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson, who eclipsed his 2009 home run total in just 22 games, were named National League Pitcher and Player of the Month for April, respectively.

Jimenez's April 17 no-hitter in Atlanta -- the first in Rockies history -- was the centerpiece of a month in which he went 5-0, allowing only three earned runs in 34 1/3 innings for an 0.79 ERA.

Jimenez is making his sixth start of the season on Monday, facing the NL West-leading Padres in San Diego. He takes an ongoing scoreless streak of 22 1/3 innings into the game, which started with his no-hitter and weaved through subsequent starts against Washington and Arizona.

Johnson is the NL's early homer leader with nine, compared to the eight he hit all last season in 106 games with the Braves.

The converted outfielder took flight after going hitless in his first two games with the D-backs. He wound up hitting .313 during the April, adding 18 RBIs and eight doubles in the 22 games.

The honors for Jimenez and Johnson will be recognized with specially designed trophies, suitably engraved.

Other outstanding performances drawing Player of the Month support were turned in by the Brewers' Ryan Braun (.355, 20 RBIs), the Marlins' Jorge Cantu (.311, 23 RBIs), Albert Pujols of the Cardinals (.345, seven homers), the Dodgers' Andre Ethier (.329, 19 RBIs), the Braves' Martin Prado (.356 with 32 hits) and Pablo Sandoval of the Giants (.368 with 32 hits).

Pitchers receiving consideration for the monthly honor also included Giants ace Tim Lincecum (4-0, 1.27 ERA, 43 strikeouts), the Mets' Mike Pelfrey (4-0, 0.69 ERA), Nationals closer Matt Capps (0.68 ERA, 10 saves) and the Phillies' Roy Halladay (4-1, 1.80 ERA).

Tom Singer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.