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Michael Chavis, Austin Riley named Rookies of the Month

June 3, 2019

Infielder Michael Chavis of the Boston Red Sox has been voted the American League Rookie of the Month, and outfielder Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves has been named the National League Rookie of the Month. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network. Chavis earned his first career

Infielder Michael Chavis of the Boston Red Sox has been voted the American League Rookie of the Month, and outfielder Austin Riley of the Atlanta Braves has been named the National League Rookie of the Month. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Chavis earned his first career monthly award and is now the eighth Red Sox player in team history to earn Rookie of the Month honors. Michael’s teammate Andrew Benintendi was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so in August 2017. Riley claimed his first career monthly honor, and became the first Braves player to do so since his teammate Ronald Acuña Jr. in August of his

NL Rookie of the Year-winning 2018 season.

Michael Chavis, Boston Red Sox (michael_chavis11)

• Posted a slash line of .248/.331/.457 with 14 runs scored, 26 hits, a double, seven home runs, 19 RBI and 11 walks across 26 games played.

• Clubbed his 10th home run of the season on May 22nd in his 28th career game. Became the secondfastest player in franchise history to reach the mark, behind only George Scott (1966).

• Posted 13 multi-hit games across his first 35 career games, which tied for fourth in Red Sox lore. Was the first player to record at least 13 such games since Dave Stapleton accomplished the feat in 1980.

• During a red-hot nine-game stretch from May 12th-22nd, batted .325 (13-for-40) with four runs scored, four home runs and 11 RBI.

Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves (austin_riley8)

• Batted .356 (21-for-59) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, seven home runs, 20 RBI and three walks over 15 games played.

• Established a franchise record with his seventh home run of the season in his 14th career game on May 29th. Rockies shortstop Trevor Story holds the Major League record, having clubbed eight round-trippers in 14 games during his historic 2016 season.

• Austin’s round-tripper on Wednesday was his first career grand slam, and he became the second player in Club history to log a grand slam within his first 14 career games, joining Marcus Giles (2005).

• Began his career in historic fashion, amassing eight hits across his first four career games, as well as 21 hits over his first 14 games. Established franchise records with both accomplishments.

Others receiving votes for AL Rookie of the Month included starting pitcher Griffin Canning (2-1, 2.57 ERA, 28.0 IP, 28 SO) and relief pitcher Ty Buttrey (12 G, 1-1, 1.26 ERA, 16 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; infielder Brandon Lowe (.268, 7 2B, 5 HR, 18 RBI) of the Tampa Bay Rays; third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.253, 4 2B, 6 HR, 12 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays; starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull (1-2, 3.12 ERA, 34.2 IP, 33 SO) of the Detroit Tigers; reliever Josh James (9 G, 2-0, 2.93 ERA, 25 SO) of the Houston Astros; starter John Means (2-1, 2.79 ERA, 29.0 IP, 20 SO) of the Baltimore Orioles; and infielder Luis Arraez (.375, 6 R, 9 H, 3 XBH) and reliever Ryne Harper (11 G, 0.84 ERA, 10.2 IP, 12 SO) of the Minnesota Twins.

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included Austin’s teammate Mike Soroka (3-0, 0.79 ERA, 34.0 IP, 25 SO), who became the first pitcher since 2008 to begin a season with eight consecutive starts of one earned run-or-less; April’s NL

Rookie of the Month Pete Alonso (14 R, 23 H, 10 HR, 17 RBI) of the New York Mets; and outfielder Bryan Reynolds (.322, 18 R, 9 XBH, 16 RBI) of the Pittsburgh Pirates.