Not too big a surprise here: you AL player of the month is Miguel Cabrera. Your NL player of the month is Domonic Brown.
Cabrera continued a season of sheer dominance in May, hitting .379 (44-for-116) with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 33 RBI, 23 runs scored and 15 walks in 28 games. At times it looked as if no one would ever get him out.
Brown, meanwhile, had his coming out party, hitting .303 (33-for-109) with 12 homers and 25 driven in, slugging .688. He also became the first player in Major League history to hit at least 10 home runs in a calendar month without a walk. Which, hello National League pitchers, perhaps you should see if he can handle stuff outside the zone for a while?
Congrats to Cabrera and Brown.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.