06/02/2011 4:37 PM ET
Jay Bruce Of The Cincinnati Reds Named The Budweiser Presents National League Player Of The Month For May
Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League
Player of the Month for May. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor
for 24 of 30 MLB clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the National League and American League Player
of the Month Awards.
In 28 games this past month, the left-handed hitting slugger had a Major League-best 12 home runs
and 33 RBI, while leading the National League in runs scored (23), slugging percentage (.739) and extra-base
hits (19). Bruce's 38 hits were tied for third among National Leaguers and his
.342 (38-for-111) batting average was tied for fourth. The Texas native's home
run and RBI totals were the highest in a calendar month by a Reds batter since
Adam Dunn's 12 long balls in July 2008 and Greg Vaughn's 33 RBI in September
1999. On May 10th, the 24-year-old powered the Reds to a 10-4 win over the
visiting Houston Astros, going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. On May 24th,
Bruce's ninth-inning double off of Philadelphia reliever Ryan Madson broke a 3-3
tie and led the Reds to a 6-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park. He earned his second career N.L. Player of the
Week Award after clubbing four home runs and leading the Majors with 13 RBI and 25 totals bases during the
week of May 23-29. The 12th overall selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft notched his fifth three-RBI
performance of the month on May 30th, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run as the Reds defeated the
Brewers, 7-3, at Great American Ball Park. Bruce's 46 RBI are tied for first in the Majors this season and his
17 home runs lead the National League. His 32 home runs since August 2010 are the most in the N.L during
that span. This marks his first-career monthly award.
Other players receiving votes included shortstop Jose Reyes of the New York Mets, who led the
National League with a .364 batting average and 11 stolen bases while collecting 40 hits; Astros outfielder
Hunter Pence, who batted .342 with 40 hits, four home runs and 22 RBI on the month; and Washington's
Mike Morse, who had six home runs and 15 RBI in only 64 plate appearances.
The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Jay Bruce, will receive a specially
designed trophy, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishment.