Tulo MLB’s Player of the Month

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for April. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor for 24 of 30 MLB clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the American League Player of the Month Award.

Tulowitzki paced the Major Leagues with a .477 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage during 27 contests in March/April while ranking second in hitting behind teammate Charlie Blackmon. He posted a .364 average for the month, collecting 32 hits in 88 at-bats. The three-time All-Star also ranked among N.L. leaders with 24 runs scored (1st), 64 total bases (2nd), 22 RBI (T-3rd), seven home runs (T-4th) and nine doubles (T-5th). Along with his 32 hits, Tulowitzki drew 21 walks during the first month of the season, which was tied for the second-most in the Senior Circuit. His on-base and slugging percentages were the highest marks by a shortstop during the opening month of a season since 2006 (Derek Jeter, NYY, .505 OBP) and 2000 (Alex Rodriguez, SEA, .747 SLG), respectively. The 29-year-old capped his stellar April performance by going a combined 5-for-9 (.556) with two homers and five RBI in a three-game set at division-rival Arizona from April 28th-30th as the Rockies took two of three from the D-backs. On the 28th, Tulowitzki reached base five times for the second time this year (also: 4/20 vs. PHI), going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks. The California native clubbed homers in back-to-back games (4/28-29) for the second time on the young season after going deep in three-straight outings from April 22nd-25th. On April 18th, Tulowitzki collected five RBI, going 3-for-3 with a double and a home run in a 12-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. The five-RBI performance was the fifth of his career, which is the most among all active Major League shortstops. The performance fell two RBI shy of his career single-game high of seven, done twice (last: 9/15/10 vs. SD). The three-hit effort was one of five such outings for Tulowitzki last month. The seventh overall selection in the 2005 Draft currently leads all Major League shortstops in hitting, home runs, RBI and runs scored. This is his second career monthly award, having won previously for the month of September 2010.

Other players receiving votes included Adrian Gonzalez (.317, 18 R, 32 H, 9 2B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, .644 SLG) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton (.269, 19 R, 29 H, 8 2B, 8 HR, 31 RBI, .565 SLG); Tulowitzki’s Colorado teammates Charlie Blackmon (.374, 23 R, 37 H, 7 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, .616 SLG, .418 OBP) and Justin Morneau (.343, 14 R, 35 H, 8 2B, 6 HR, 22 RBI, .618 SLG); and Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez (.293, 19 R, 34 H, 7 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 15 RBI, .569 SLG, 4 SB).

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for April 2014, Troy Tulowitzki, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.

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sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago

If I had a vote on April 25th – I would have voted Blackmon, but Tulo carried his momentum through the 30th into May, so to me this is the correct call. Intriguing moves by the Rox this PM. Ag’s BP darkhorse Masset called up (I totally agree with Ag on this one). Wheeler sent down. Chatwood to 60 day DL. Chatwood move intrigues me. It’s may well be as simple as his injury is more serious than originally thought.… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

The Chatwood move to the 60 day DL opens a 40 man roster spot for Masset who was not on the 40 man roster as of yesterday.

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
6 years ago

Gold Glove defense plus. .900 OPS on the road + 1.600 OPS T home = no doubter! And all the can talk about on mlb and espn is that the Rockiesare a home team only with no pitching. Does anyone ever update things in New York? Crazy think is Tulo can still play better if he gets CarGo going hot making it hard to pitch around him. Only 2 guys I would travel to watch: Tulo and Trout and it’s… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
6 years ago

You really should add Arenado to that list. MLB is beginning to understand that Arenado’s defense is something special and well worth seeing.

egossage
egossage
6 years ago

I haven’t heard anyone talking about how the Rockies should trade Tulo in awhile. It’s nice to see(or hear) he shut those people up.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

I’ll gladly eat crow until he breaks down again.

Doc
Doc
6 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Ditto, Prog. I’m thinking he’s having too much fun to break down, at least for now.

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