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Brandon Lowe, Pete Alonso named April Rookies of the Month

May 2, 2019

Second baseman Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays has been voted April’s American League Rookie of the Month, and first baseman Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has been named the National League Rookie of the Month. Lowe earned his first career monthly award, and is the sixth

Second baseman Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays has been voted April’s American League Rookie of the Month, and first baseman Pete Alonso of the New York Mets has been named the National League Rookie of the Month.

Lowe earned his first career monthly award, and is the sixth Rays player in team history to earn Rookie of the Month honors. Outfielder Wil Myers was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so in September 2013. Alonso claimed his first career monthly honor, becoming the fourth different player in franchise history to earn the NL Rookie of the Month Award, and the first since his teammate Steven Matz in May 2016.

Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (@sweet_n_lowe5)

• Batted .289 (26-for-90) with 17 runs scored, five doubles, a triple, six home runs, 17 RBI, eight walks, three stolen bases and a .567 slugging percentage across 25 games played.

• Among qualified AL rookies, finished his strong month first in runs scored, hits, extra-base hits (12), home runs, RBI, walks and stolen bases.

• His six round-trippers in April established a new Club rookie record, surpassing Steven Souza Jr.’s four homers in April 2015. Tampa Bay’s rookie record for any calendar month is Evan Longoria’s eight homers in June 2008.

• Posted a personal-best nine-game hitting streak from April 5th-14th, batting .364 with six runs scored, 12 hits, three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI to lead the Rays to a 7-2 record.

• Recorded his first career multi-homer game on April 12th, while also logging a career-best four RBI.

Pete Alonso, New York Mets (@pistol_pete20)

• Posted a slash line of .292/.382/.642 with 20 runs scored, 31 hits, eight doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 26 RBI, 14 walks and a .642 slugging percentage over 29 games played.

• Matched Darryl Strawberry (1983) for the franchise record for home runs by a rookie in any calendar month. Also matched the Club record for home runs prior to May 1st with Neil Walker (2016), John Buck (2013), Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1976).

• Posted the third-highest RBI total for any rookie in Major League history prior to May 1st, trailing only José Abreu (32 in 2014) and Albert Pujols (27 in 2001). Matched Jeff Kent (1994) for the Club record prior to May 1st.

• His 18 extra-base hits prior to May 1st were the most in team history, and the second-most in MLB history behind only Abreu (2014).

Others receiving votes for AL Rookie of the Month included relief pitcher Brandon Brennan (15 G, 1.96 ERA, 18.1 IP, 21 SO) and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (.328, 14 R, 8 HR, 16 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; starting pitcher John Means (3-3, 2.81 ERA, 25.2 IP, 25 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles; reliever Ty Buttrey (2-1, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 19 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (2-2, 2.53 ERA, 32.0 IP, 31 SO) of the Detroit Tigers; third baseman Michael Chavis (.313, 10 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI) of the Boston Red Sox; and backstop Willians Astudillo (.327, 11 R, 6 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Minnesota Twins.

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included first baseman Christian Walker (.307, 16 R, 10 2B, 7 HR) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and starting pitcher Chris Paddack (2-1, 1.91 ERA, 33.0 IP, 35 SO) and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (.300, 14 R, 12 XBH, 6 SB) of the San Diego Padres.