(GAME DATE — Sept. 1, 2020) — Record-setting rookie John “Lonewolf” Rambo, the
hot-hitting slugger for the Chicago Pit Bulls, has set a new bar for consecutive Rookie of the Month Awards, attaining his fifth straight nod for the award for the month of August.
The right-fielder, who is also a contender for the first-ever batting Triple Crown in the Bull League, went yard 9 times with 28 RBIs last month. He already smashed the consecutive ROTM record with his fourth win in a row back in July.
While it’s true that it has only been since the extended seasons were first introduced in 2017, with 100 game schedules then and the following year, and 162-game schedules beginning last year, the feat is still considered remarkable.
With the long running streak of success, Rambo is now a contender not only for LL Rookie of the Year, but the LL Carl Simms MVP Award as well. On the year, he is hitting .380 with 44 home runs, 118 runs scored, and 138 RBIs.
Drafted first overall last year by Chicago, Rambo had success in college with Arizona State, hitting .419 and homering 34 times in his graduating year. After the draft, the he played just 27 games each in AA and AAA level in 2019 before getting a non-roster invite to spring training in March, where the 22-year-old (who since turned 23) hit .403 and homered 5 times in 30 games.
Chicago is so certain of his success that they signed him to a 10-year extension while he is still in his league minimum salary years, locking him in until 2020 and guaranteeing him $93,000,000 in a heavily front-end loaded deal.
He shows no sign of slowing down and pundits fully expect him to pick up a sixth and final Rookie of the Month trophy for his cabinet at the end of the season for September. He may have to wait to enjoy any playoff success, however, as the Pit Bulls are trailing behind in the LL wild card race.
INFERNO’S TORRES PICKS UP FIRST ROOKIE NOD
In the Metro League, 1B Jose Torres of the Calgary Inferno has been named the ML Rookie of the Month for August. Torres hit at a .297 pace with 9 home runs, 22 RBIs and 16 runs scored. The right-handed hitter played three seasons in the Can-Am League with the Vermont Baseball Academy before being drafted 17th overall last year by Calgary.
Torres played just 5 games with the Inferno last season as a September callup, and spent 85 games at AAA-level Kelowna. His future with the Inferno looks bright however, and scouts have him pegged as one of the top first base prospects in the league right now, a 23-year-old with great pitch recognition and solid power.
Calgary has struggled since winning the 2017 Bull Cup championship, but has found some success in building up their minor league system, currently ranked 8th. Last season, RF Omar Little won the Rookie of the Month twice for the Inferno, an aggressive hitter with a cannon arm.