Aaron Judge is just piling up the accolades.The newly minted first-time All-Star, who has continued to rule over the Major Leagues as the break nears, was named both American League Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for June on Monday.The sensational right fielder, who was announced
Aaron Judge is just piling up the accolades.
The newly minted first-time All-Star, who has continued to rule over the Major Leagues as the break nears, was named both American League Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for June on Monday.
The sensational right fielder, who was announced as an All-Star Game starter on Sunday night after leading the AL voting, enters play Monday hitting .327/.448/.687 with an MLB-best 27 home runs and an AL-best 62 RBIs for the Yankees. Judge also leads the Majors in walks (58), slugging and OPS (1.135), and the AL in runs scored (70).
• Past winners: AL Player of the Month | AL Rookie of the Month
"I get a chance to play in front of the best fans every night at Yankee Stadium," Judge said after his All-Star selection. "Having their support through these first couple of months has been incredible."
This is the first career Player of the Month honor for Judge. The last Yankee to be named AL Player of the Month was Judge's teammate and fellow first-time All-Star Gary Sanchez, who won the award last August in the midst of his own amazing rookie campaign.
Judge has swept this season's three AL Rookie of the Month awards, winning in April, May and June. He is the first player to earn three straight Rookie of the Month honors since Michael Trout won the award four straight months from May to August 2012.
In June, Judge hit .324/.481/.686 with 10 home runs, 25 RBIs, 30 runs scored and 30 walks. His 1.167 OPS led the American League, as did his on-base percentage, runs and walks. Judge's 10 homers during the month ranked tied for second in the AL.
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.