Kyle Schwarber and Yordan Alvarez named Players of the Month
All-Star Outfielder Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies was elected National League Player of the Month presented by Chevrolet for June, and All-Star designated hitter/outfielder Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros was named the American League Player of the Month presented by Chevrolet for June.
Schwarber earned his second career NL Player of the Month award, having accomplished the feat while a member of the Washington Nationals last June, and is Philadelphia’s first winner since Domonic Brown in May 2013. Alvarez, who was announced as an AL DH finalist Thursday in All-Star Balloting, won his first career AL Player of the Month honor and is Houston’s first recipient since teammate Kyle Tucker last September.
Yordan Alvarez, Houston Astros (@yordan4342)
• Hit .418 (33 for 79) with 19 runs scored, four doubles, one triple, nine home runs, 28 RBIs, 13 walks and .835 batting percentage in 22 games played.
• The former Rookie of the Year played his 12th career multi-home run on 22 June. His 12 such games in his first 294 MLB career games were tied for the most in MLB history with Hall of Famers Ralph Kiner and Gary Sánchez during that span.
• Hit the 84th home run of his career Tuesday against the Mets in his 299th career outing. Became the fifth player in history with that many homers in his first 299 career appearances.
• The 2021 ALCS Most Valuable Player became the fifth player in club history to bat .400 or better with at least nine home runs and 28 RBIs in a calendar month, joining Yuli Gurriel, Richard Hidalgo, Carl Everett and Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell.
Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies (@kschwarb12)
• The 2016 World Series champion with the Cubs posted a .272/.385/.680 slash with 27 runs, 28 hits, six doubles, 12 home runs, 27 RBIs, 19 walks and two stolen bases in 27 games .
• Has now thrown 47 career homers out of 458 at-bats in the month of June, for an average of 9.74 at-bats per homer. That ranks first among hitters with at least 400 at-bats in June.
• Hitched 28 home runs over the past two campaigns in June. Is joined by Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa as the only players in MLB history with 28 or more home runs in the same month of consecutive seasons.
• Recorded a career-best 31-game on-base streak from May 26 to June 28, which was the longest active on-base streak at the Majors at the time. Chase Utley (35) in 2006 was the last Phillies player with a longer streak on base in a single season.
Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month presented by Chevrolet include last month’s winner, All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.323, 7 2B, 8 HR, 22 RBI) the St. Louis Cardinals; Josh Bell (.358, 7 2B, 7 HR, 18 RBI) All-Star first baseman for the Washington Nationals; shortstop Dansby Swanson (.330, 22 R, 37 H, 7 HR) of the Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (.344, 13 R, 32 H, 6 XBH); and Schwarber’s All-Star teammate Bryce Harper (.359, 15 R, 23 H, 5 HR).
Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month Presented by Chevrolet include Shohei Ohtani (.298, 6 2B, 6 HR, 17 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; shortstop Amed Rosario (.360, 21 R, 41 H, 11 XBH) of the Cleveland Guardians; backstop Alejandro Kirk (.341, 22 R, 7 HR, 18 RBI) of the Toronto Blue Jays; and All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge (23 R, 28 H, 11 HR, 21 RBI) of the New York Yankees.