September 1st, 2021
AL Batter of the Month: Nomar Mazara, Los Angeles Angels
NL Batter of the Month: Rafael Castillo, Cincinnati Reds
Seasoned by several years of professional experience, 26-year-old Nomar Mazara put together a solid offensive month for Los Angeles and was crowned August’s top batter in the American League. He batted .356 with 9 home runs, 28 RBIs and 24 runs scored. Thus far in 2021 Mazara is hitting .323 with 24 home runs, 115 RBIs, 90 runs scored and has compiled a .411 OBP.
Rafael Castillo of the Cincinnati Reds certainly made a resounding impression on the National League pitching corps in August and today reaped the reward as the league’s best batter for the period. The right fielder put up some good offensive figures as he hit .354 with 9 home runs, 24 RBIs and 19 runs scored. So far this year, Castillo is batting .269 with 38 home runs and 99 RBIs.
AL Pitcher of the Month: Lucas Giolito, Minnesota Twins
NL Pitcher of the Month: Pedro Cuevas, Milwaukee Brewers
Lucas Giolito‘s been around the league long enough to appreciate the honor he received today. After going 5-2 in August, the 27-year-old Minnesota hurler has been named American League Pitcher of the Month. He fanned 60 in 42.1 innings, logged an ERA of 2.76 and allowed opponents to hit .196 against him.
In August, Pedro Cuevas tore through the National League like a seasoned veteran — quite impressive for a player only 23 years old. The young Milwaukee starter posted a 4-0 mark and an ERA of 1.15 to earn the Pitcher of the Month award. In 39 innings he collected 51 strikeouts while limiting the opposition to a .225 average.
AL Rookie of the Month: Lucas Giolito, Minnesota Twins
NL Rookie of the Month: Pedro Cuevas, Milwaukee Brewers
Youngster Jonathan India emerged as the latest American League Rookie of the Month today. The young man from Chicago deserved the honor, batting .287 with 6 home runs and 21 RBI. Is the month of August a harbinger of things to come or just a fluke? We’ll find out someday, but for now, we’ll just let India enjoy the limelight. Looking at his present stats, India has compiled a .279 batting average in 87 games with a .336 on-base percentage, while hitting 16 home runs and driving in 50 runs.
NL Names Rookie of the Month
Wednesday, September 1st, 2021
Ricardo Pérez sizzled last month as he put together a successful bid for the National League Rookie of the Month. In August the Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman banged out 28 hits and 9 home runs for a solid .269 average. He also scored 18 runs and drove in 26. To date Pérez has chalked up a .293 average with 19 home runs, driven in 56 runs and scored 57 times.