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Yasiel Puig, Jason Kipnis named Players of the Month for June

Jul 3, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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One guy is not a surprise. The other guy doesn’t get nearly the recognition he deserves. But Yasiel Puig and Jason Kipnis are your Players of the Month.

Puig’s exploits are well known at this point. He made his debut in June and in 26 games completely wrecked the opposition. He led the Majors with a .436 (44-for-101) batting average, posted a .467 OBP and a .713 slugging percentage while smacking seven home runs. His 44 hits ranked as the second-most all-time for a player in their debut calendar month, four behind Joe DiMaggio’s 48 hits in May 1936. He also, quite obviously, led all rookies in every category that mattered, garnering NL Rookie of the Month honors too.

Kipnis doesn’t get a scintilla of the press Puig gets, but he’s a fine, fine player. Maybe the most underrated or, at the very least, unknown stars in the game. The Indians second baseman hit .419 (39-for-93) with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 25 RBI, 17 runs scored and 30 walks in 27 games. That all amounted to first in the AL in batting average and on-base percentage (.517), tied for first in hits, second in doubles, RBI, slugging percentage (.699) and extra-base hits (17), tied for second in walks. Kipnis reached base safely in each of his 27 games played in June and has an overall streak of 33 straight games.

Good job, gentlemen. Feel free to take tomorrow off.

[Wait, what? Oh ... OK]

No, don’t take tomorrow off. Your teams need you.

  1. valarmorghuliss - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    See ya at the All Star game Yasiel!

  2. yahmule - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Puig is very impressive in person. He made a catch down the right field foul line that was just incredible. 240 pound man races a long way, takes his eye off the ball briefly to locate the stands, redirects his momentum just as he plucks the ball on the run. Just an utterly fantastic play on many levels.

    He looked terrible on a nice slider just off the plate on the pitch before he cranked that 430 foot moon shot.

    I took this picture of his home run.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/209/dtr9.jpg/

  3. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Jonathan Papelboner says naming Puig player of the week is ridiculous.

    • neoshweaty - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Just imagine what he thinks of him winning player of the month!

      • nbjays - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

        Or better yet, All-Star Game MVP!

  4. millmannj - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Papelbon doesn’t believe that someone in their first month in the league should be eligible for Player of the Month, so the National League will need to find a substitute for Puig to honor with the award.

  5. 13arod - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    valarmorghuliss puig is not going to the Allstar team

    • yahmule - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Their loss.

      • valarmorghuliss - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Their and ours (the fans)

  6. rolltribe1 - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Kipnis hasn’t gotten any press for the amazing month he had. He has singlehandedly kept the Indians afloat this month. If Puig is deserving of a spot on the All Star team, Kipnis should be as well.

  7. mungman69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Both guys can play and fans want them BOTH in the All Star Game.

  8. Jason Lukehart - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I’m thrilled to see Kipnis get his due, he’s been incredible of late. Not only was he the best player in baseball last month, he had one of the 5 or 6 best hitting months in Indians history:

    http://www.letsgotribe.com/2013/7/1/4481102/mlb-cleveland-indians-news-jason-kipnis-american-league-player-of-the-month

  9. yahmule - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Puig: “I prepare for every pitch. I know I have three strikes each at-bat and I take them pitch by pitch and hit them as they come.”

    This is a very Manny Ramirez-like philosophy. Attack the pitches you can drive and lay off everything else.

  10. barkleyblows - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Kipnis is one hell of a player to watch. Good for him on his amazing month.

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