Earlier today the Brewers announced the winner of the Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for the month of May 2013.
Here they are with some of the statistical support behind the decisions.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Jean Segura
Jean Segura won the Player of the Month Award for the second time in 2013…out of two opportunities. His season has been great to this point. Segura has posted a line of: 52 G, 224 PA, 209 AB, 31 R, 74 H, 7 2B, 5 3B, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 15 SB, 2 CS, 11 BB, 29 K, 51 TB
He’s slashed .354/.393/.550 (.943 OPS) through May 31st as well, but this isn’t about his entire season.
In May on its own, Segura slashed: .345/.373/.538 while posting 41 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 8 SB, 4 BB, 17 K, 64 TB in 126 PA over 28 games.
Segura has also been the maker of some fantastic defensive plays despite a making five errors in May. It’s becoming the norm to see Segura ranging far to either side before making a strong and accurate throw to put out a runner stretching for first base. But the more it happens, it still doesn’t seem like he’ll get to some balls that he does.
PITCHER OF THE MONTH: Michael Gonzalez
After a first appearance in 2013 (against Colorado on April 2nd) that saw Gonzalez charged with three earned runs in 0.0 innings pitched, and allowing a pair of inherited base runners to score on April 5th, the fans of the Brewers were understandably restless with this new bullpen piece who was signed as a free agent. After that ugly first game though, Gonzalez has made 29 appearances and only allowed his own runs in three of them. Yes. T-H-R-E-E.
At the end of May, Gonzalez had gotten his ERA all the way down to 2.61 from that April 2nd mark of INF (infinity). In fact, May 31st saw Gonzalez give manager Ron Roenicke five outs on 14 pitches and drop his ERA by 23 points.
Gonzalez’ combined line for the month of May looked like this:
17 G, 12.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 HR, 5 BB, 17 K, 0.973 WHIP
It was a tremendous month for the southpaw and a well-deserved honor for new Brewer.