The 2014 Major League Baseball season is just getting underway, but after a full month of play, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu have been named the MLB players of the month for April.
Tulowitzki, who receives the National League honor, has been utterly incredible in the batter’s box and with the glove in leading the Rockies to a hot start. Colorado’s shortstop posted a .364/.477/.727 slash line with 7 home runs in just 111 plate appearances, and with his Gold Glove caliber defense (he would be a yearly contender if not for Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons), it looks to be an easy choice for the National League honor.
On the American League side, White Sox rookie Jose Abreu (who also won Rookie of the Month honors) blew every rational expectation out of the water in the first month. The 27-year-old led the Majors in home runs with 10 in April, and for good measure, he added four doubles to put together a lights-out .617 slugging percentage. There are some concerns about Abreu’s ability to hit for average in the early stages, but with power like that, it almost doesn’t matter.
There is a long way to go in the season, but the MVP campaigns can officially begin for both Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Abreu.