Things can’t get much better for Jose Abreu. The slugging first baseman of the Chicago White Sox was honored today by Major League Baseball not once, but twice. Along with taking home the AL Player of the Month award for April, he was also named the AL Rookie of the Month.
It was well deserved too. The Cuban blasted ten home runs en route to driving home 32. He also scored 20 runs and led the league in total bases, homeruns, and RBI over that same stretch. He joins current White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham who last won the AL Rookie of the Month honor for the Pale Hose back in 2009.
Speaking to the Chicago Tribune, the 27-year-old claimed he saw it coming:
“I’m not really surprised, but I’m not satisfied either. I feel like I can do some more things. At least I’m satisfied that I’ve done everything to help the team. That’s my main thing, so that’s what I’m actually pushing toward.”
The Sox open up a series at Wrigley Field tonight and will need Abreu to maintain his offensive output if they hope to compete in the AL Central. The club currently sits 5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the division lead and is tied for third place with the Kansas City Royals. At 15-17, the Sox are 1.5 games out of the two Wild Card spots.