Position Player of the Month – Matt Wieters
.338/.370/.554 (25/74) with 4 2B, 4 HR, 15 RBI, 5 BB, 14 K
This decision really came down to two players, the other being Nelson Cruz. However, I chose Matt Wieters simply because of the way he has been doing it. Wieters has been a revelation to date this season as he continues to crush right handed pitching like he never has before. He has shown power, patience, and an ability to make strong contact. I reviewed Wieters’ early season success and detailed the reason why he has been better from the left side here.
Pitcher of the Month – Zach Britton, LHP
This decision was simple. Britton has been simply fantastic, and as the starters struggle to finish games, Britton has come in to bridge the starters to the back end of the bullpen. He has been used in multiple innings or in high leverage situations. While his strikeout and walk rates are not fantastic, it has not mattered. Zach Britton’s sinker has given him a strong weapon with an astounding 80% ground ball rate. Not only has this led to ground balls, he has been getting swings and misses as well. He has a higher whiff rate and a larger amount of total whiffs than he ever had as a starter. His stuff is real and it is effective out of the bullpen