Tulowitzki named Rookie of the Month
Rockies shortstop led first-year players in hits, RBIs in August
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki parlayed his career month at the plate into a National League Rookie of the Month Award, announced Tuesday.The 22-year-old recorded a career-high 12-game hitting streak stretching from Aug. 16-27 and had multiple hits in 11 games over the month. "He has been a welcome addition to our ballclub," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "He has done more than many of us anticipated: He's played both sides of the ball extremely well, been a fierce competitor, doesn't make mistakes twice and plays to win. Tulowitzki led NL rookies with 40 hits, including eight doubles, and 25 RBIs in August. He notched four hits in three separate games. The month propelled Tulowitzki's name forward in the NL Rookie of the Year race, a race his manager thinks he can win. "He's my hands-down Rookie of the Year," Hurdle said. "There are some other candidates, but for me, he is the guy." Milwaukee's Ryan Braun is a strong candidate for the award, but Braun did not start seeing action until late May, whereas Tulowitzki was an Opening Day starter for the Rockies. Tulowitzki is batting .288 on the season with 75 RBIs and 18 home runs. Braun, Atlanta's Yunel Escobar, Arizona's Mark Reynolds and Micah Owings, Philadelphia's J.D. Durbin, Cincinnati's Norris Hopper and Jared Burton and Houston's Mark McLemore all received votes. Tulowitzki will receive a specially designed trophy to commemorate his performance.
Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.