Tampa Bay Devil Rays outfielder Damon Hollins has been named the American League Rookie of the Month for May.
Hollins hit safely in 10 of his first 11 games with the Devil Rays after being recalled on May 2nd. Hollins exceeded all Major League rookies with six home runs, 15 RBI, 19 runs scored, and 48 total bases during the month of May. In 27 games he led all A.L. rookies in batting with a .325 average (26-80) and 5 stolen bases. Hollins also recorded six multi-hit games during his first month as a Devil Ray. On May 11th against Chicago, Hollins swiped second base three times. The win by Hollins marks the third time a Devil Ray has captured the Rookie of the Month award; Rocco Baldelli capture the honor twice during the 2003 season.
Other A.L. rookies who made an impact in May were Texas starter Chris Young (3-0, 1.42 ERA); Minnesota reliever Jesse Crain (4-0, 1.69); and White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi (.275, 4 HR, 15 RBI).
Hollins will receive a specially designed trophy as the American League Rookie of the Month.