With month 2 in the books around Major League Baseball, we’ve seen young bats emerge like Dominic Brown and Jean Segura, as well as former Cy Young Winners struggle to get things started such as R.A. Dickey and Cliff Lee. Now, by no means is the first quarter of the season the be-all-end-all for the rest of the season, as the baseball year is still young. However, a hot start at the plate or the rubber never hurt anyone. In this article I will go position by position and give you the top performers from the month of May.
Joe Mauer-Minnesota Twins
3 HR, 10 RBI .371 AVG/.455 OBP/.571 SLG
Very quietly, Joe Mauer is returning to his former self. The former batting champ has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal Minnesota Twin offense this month, leading all catchers in hits and on-base percentage. The power numbers aren’t quite there yet but he continues to have solid at-bats and play good defense.
Honorable Mention: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Chris Davis-Baltimore Orioles
10 HR, 22 RBI .364/.442/.768
This baseball season hasn’t had a breakout performance quite like Chris Davis’. The 27 year old continued his torrid pace into and throughout the month of May, bashing 10 home runs to lead the Majors with 20 on the year. The cog in the middle of Baltimore’s offense was top 3 among first basemen in runs, hits, doubles, OBP, slugging % and OPS for the month of May.
Honorable Mentions: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Marco Scutaro-San Francisco Giants
1 HR, 9 RBI .420/.473/.560
Never considered a power hitter, Marco Scutaro hit a scorching .420 during the month of May, which led all MLB hitters with more than 50 at-bats. His 42 and .473 on base percentage also led all second basemen during that time. This scrappy table-setter continues to get the job done for the defending champs.
Honorable Mention: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Miguel Cabrera-Detroit Tigers
12 HR, 33 RBI .379/.455/.767
Was this really even a question? As of today, and for the foreseeable future, the man with the (triple) crown is the best player on planet Earth. He is putting up video-game like numbers yet again this year and is well on his way to another MVP caliber season. Expect to see this guy’s name on the same list next month.
Honorable Mentions: Adrian Beltre-Texas Rangers, Manny Machado-Baltimore Orioles
Troy Tulowitzki-Colorado Rockies
6 HR, 21 RBI .360/.413/.630
Tulo has been able to stay pretty much injury free this year and his numbers have reflected just that. Leading all shortstops in RBI during the month of May with 21, Tulowitzki has been the driving force in an upstart Colorado Rockies offense while playing stellar defense at the same time. His 36 hits and .360 batting average in May were both second amongst MLB shortstops.
Honorable Mention: Jean Segura-Milwaukee Brewers
Alex Gordon-Kansas City Royals
3 HR, 14 RBI .339/.390/.473
Alex Gordon is finally having the type of year that you would expect out of a former #1 overall draft pick. His 38 hits and .339 batting average were both second among MLB outfielders with atleast 75 at-bats throughout the month. Gordon has been getting the job done as one of the few bright spots in a disappointing Kansas City offense.
Domonic Brown-Philadelphia Phillies
12 HR, 25 RBI .303/.303/.688
You might as well call Dominic “Mr. May” Brown. They young outfielder was considered a disappointment to the Philly faithful until he broke out for 12 home runs (#1 in the majors) and 25 RBI (#4) during the final month of spring. If he continues this level of production throughout the season, Brown will find himself right in the midst of NL MVP talk by season’s end.
Mike Trout-Los Angels
8 HR, 21 RBI .327/.409/.664
It’s been more of the same this year for Mike Trout, but just in a quieter fashion. It’s absolutely absurd that these outstanding numbers he has been putting up are already expected of Trout, who is still in just his second season. His 27 runs scored were 2nd best in the MLB during May. Expect more of the same from Trout for about the next 10-12 years.
Honorable Mentions: Adam Jones-Baltimore Orioles, Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, Carlos Gomez-Milwaukee Brewers
David Ortiz-Boston Red Sox
6 HR, 20 RBI .275/.362/.500
While Big Papi has put up solid numbers thus far, he sort of gets the nod here by default. No other every day Designated Hitter has had a great year while Ortiz has been an excellent run producer in the middle of Boston’s lineup. Look for David Ortiz’s numbers to get better as we get closer to October.
Honorable Mention: whichever once-washed up, now-reborn slugger Girardi decides to stick in the DH slot
CF Mike Trout
LF Alex Gordon
SS Troy Tulowitzki
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Chris Davis
DH David Ortiz
C Joe Mauer
RF Dominic Brown
2B Marco Scutaro
…wouldn’t mind writing that order down on my lineup card