Bryant named NL Rookie of the Month for May


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Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for May.

Bryant, 23, led major league rookies with 22 RBI during the month, and his seven home runs ranked second. He is the first Cubs rookie to record at least 22 RBI in the month of May since Bob Speake had 29 RBI in 1955 and Ernie Banks had 27 RBI in 1954. All told, Bryant hit .265 (27-for-102) with two doubles, a triple, seven homers, 22 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 walks, three stolen bases, a .369 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging percentage last month.

The Cubs first-round selection and second-overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bryant is batting .273 (42-for-154) with seven homers, seven doubles, one triple, 33 RBI, 28 runs scored and 27 walks in 42 games since making his big league debut on April 17. The right-handed batter recorded a 12-game hitting streak from May 11-23, in which he hit .349 with a 1.108 OPS. The 12-game streak tied fellow rookie Addison Russell for the longest by a Cub this season and is tied for the longest by a Cubs rookie since Jerome Walton’s 30-game hitting streak in 1989.

Bryant enters tonight tied for eighth in the NL in walks and ranks 13th in the NL in RBI. Additionally, he leads all rookies in RBI and on-base percentage (.387) and ranks among the top five NL rookies in batting average, home runs, runs scored, hits, total bases (72), walks, steals (5) and slugging (.468).

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