The Lake League’s May Player Awards have been announced, and Montreal players have taken top billing with two out of the three awards going to their players.
LL Batter of the Month (May 2017)
Veteran 3B-man Hoshi Mizuguchi firmly placed himself among the top of the LL hitting charts in the opening month of the season, going .359 with 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 10 runs. With a start like that, the Metros switch-hitter is well on his way to an impressive MVP-worthy season.
This is his second time winning a Batter of the Month Award during his career, and the 34-year-old from Tokyo is showing no signs of slowing down.
LL PITCHER OF THE MONTH (MAY 2017)
May’s top pitcher was Judson “Fivespot” Martel, which surprised absolutely no one. In the opening month of the season, Martel tallied up a 3-0 record, with 42 strikeouts and a 1.91 ERA in 4 starts for 33 innings. The 30-year-old five-time All-Star is in a class of his own, and continues to earn every dollar he’s paid of his $25.2M per year contract.
Martel’s dominant May included his May 19 complete game shutout in Battle Creek, where he allowed just 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 10 batters. Martel was named player of the game and earned his second win of the season as Montreal beat the Attack 10-0.
LL Rookie of the Month (May 2017)
Detroit’s Dennis “Little Fish” Guppy is just in his first year, but the 22-year-old OSA top-ranked prospect had a solid start to the season with the Motorheads, going .284 on 19 hits, tagging a homer and tallying 6 RBIs in May.
His first Bull League hit to be recorded came in his debut game on Opening Day, a 2 RBI double off Chicago’s Masato Watanabe, in the 4th inning. Since then, he’s added five more doubles, a triple and 2 homers. He was briefly flirting with the .300 mark as recently as two days ago, when he was hitting .302 on the season after a 2-for-5 performance against Battle Creek on May 30. Guppy also hit for the cycle in the game prior to that.
The 2016 first overall draft pick leaped out of the low minors last year into a starting lineup role, and this year has gone from batting in the bottom half of the order to the leadoff spot in yesterday’s game against Rimouski.