09/06/2011 5:51 PM ET
Mike Carp of the Seattle Mariners voted winner of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award for August
Seattle Mariners first baseman Mike Carp has been voted the August recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award.
Carp led A.L. rookies with 25 RBI and tied for the lead with eight doubles. In 27 games during August, the left-handed hitting slugger batted .313 (35-for-112) with six home runs and 15 runs scored while posting a .545 slugging percentage and a .353 on-base percentage. The 25-year-old ranked second among A.L. rookies in hits and tied for second in home runs. Carp also tied a Mariners rookie record for RBI in a single month, matching the 25 RBI collected by Danny Tartabull in July 1986. The Long Beach, California native collected a hit in each of his first 18 August contests to bring his career-best hitting streak to 20 games dating back to July. Over the streak, Carp hit .363 (29-for-80) with four home runs and 19 RBI. On August 15th against the Blue Jays at Safeco Field, Carp went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs to lift the Mariners over Toronto, 6-5. On August 29th against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at home, the ninth round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft (by the New York Mets) connected on a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and deliver the victory for the M's. Two days later, Carp led the Mariners to another victory over the Angels, clubbing a two-RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning in the 2-1 victory. On the season, Carp is batting .288 (60-for-208) with eight home runs, 34 RBI, 13 doubles and 20 runs scored over 58 games. In addition, he is hitting .341 (15-for-44) with four home runs, 15 RBI and two doubles against left-handed pitching.
Other rookies receiving votes included New York Yankees right-handed pitcher Ivan Nova (5-0, 3.82 ERA, 33.0 IP, 32 H, 24 SO, 7 BB); Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings (.333, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 5 2B, 2 3B, 16 R, 9 SB, .611 SLG, .415 OBP); Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (.326, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 5 2B, 4 3B, 13 R, .674 SLG); and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Mark Trumbo (.270, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 7 2B, 16 R, .490 SLG).
Carp will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Rookie of the Month performance.
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