Another month, another Nomar Mazara honor.
The Rangers outfielder was named the American League Rookie of the Month for May. He also won the award in April. Mazara becomes the first Rangers’ rookie to win the award twice and is the first player to win the award in consecutive months since the White Sox’s Jose Abreu in June and July 2014. Evan Gattis was the last rookie to win award in April and May for the Braves in 2013.
7 Homers for Nomar Mazara in May, which led American League rookies and was tied with Corey Seager for most by a rookie in the majors.
“What I’ve learned is he’s a pretty special player,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “That goes without saying. He’s very intelligent in baseball. He has a special baseball sense. He just has that baseball computer in that brain that continues to let him learn. He’s capable of making adjustments on his own.”
One of his seven homers in the month was listed at 491 feet by Statcast, which if accurate, would make it the longest home run at Globe Life Park.
“Those are big-boy home runs,” Banister said. “They’re fun to watch.”
Mazara becomes the third A.L. rookie to win the award in April and May since it was introduced in 2001. He joins Rocco Baldelli (2003) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).
Mazara hit .283 and led all major league rookies with 17 RBI and was tied with the Dodgers’ Corey Seager for the rookie high with seven home runs in 27 games in May. It’s the most homers for a Rangers’ rookie since Chris Davis had eight in July 2008. Mazara led A.L. rookies in total bases (52), hits (30), extra-base hits (8) and runs scores (12).