While the Red Sox are enjoying an off day in Kansas City, Mo. right about now, Major League Baseball handed out some hardware for the month of May, and a pair of Sox infielders just so happened to be two of the recipients of said awards, with Rafael Devers receiving American League Player of the Month honors and Michael Chavis receiving AL Rookie of the Month honors as well.
Devers, 22, was named Player of the Month for the first time in his career Monday after putting together a May in which he slashed .351/.380/.640 with eight home runs and 24 RBI over 26 games played and 121 plate appearances.
Per FanGraphs, Devers led American League third baseman in hits, runs scored, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and fWAR (1.4) for the month.
Now in his second full season, the Dominican Republic native has really blossomed before our eyes in 2019, becoming one of the best hitters in the junior circuit. If this pace keeps up, Devers should easily find himself a spot on this year’s AL All-Star Game roster.
Chavis meanwhile, was named American League Rookie of the Month in his first full month in the majors. Not too shabby.
Playing in 26 May games, the 23-year-old posted a .248/.331/.457 slash line to go along with seven homers and 19 RBI over 118 plate appearances.
He may have tailed off towards the end by batting .179 from May 21st until the end of the month, but still, there’s no denying that Chavis provided the Red Sox with the spark they needed after a sluggish start to the season.
Among qualified American League rookies, the Georgia native currently ranks third in home runs with 11, fourth in runs scored with 22, fourth in RBI with 28, fourth in Isolated Power (.236), second in on base percentage (.358), fourth in slugging percentage (.500), and third in fWAR (1.0).
Both Chavis and Devers were playing in Double-A Portland less than two years ago. It just goes to show how far young, talented, and skilled players can come in such a short period of time.