DJ LeMahieu had a June for the ages

Where would the New York Yankees be without 'LeMachine'?
DJ LeMahieu has been everything the Yankees hoped for and more in 2019.|Art or Photo Credit: USA Today

Few players have made such a sudden and thunderous impact for his new team as LeMahieu has so far in pinstripes, and last month was just the latest chapter in his increasingly impressive 2019.
Among all American League hitters who saw at least 100 at-bats in June, LeMahieu notched more hits (45), runs (26), and RBI (29) than any of them.
His .395 batting average also topped the AL, and his on-base percentage (.434) and slugging percentage (.658) were both second in each category.
It's no wonder why LeMahieu has been dubbed "LeMachine" even after just 76 games in the Bronx.
Every month of the season has seen improvements in the batter's box from LeMahieu. He slashed .310/.363/.430 in March/April, then .323/.374/.495 in May, then .395/.434/.658 in June, showing monthly increases in hits, RBI and total bases over that span as well.
With runners in scoring position, LeMahieu is batting an astounding .486 (!!!) with 49 RBI and just eight strikeouts in 72 at-bats. While clubs' RISP performance typically varies from year to year, the Yankees currently lead the Majors with a .305 BA with RISP through June. In 2016, they finished 28th in that category (.228 BA with RISP).
If the clutch hits, increased power and incredible consistency weren't enough to put him into the early discussion for AL MVP consideration, DJ has been a stud defensively no matter where he's placed on the diamond.
LeMahieu played second base almost exclusively in Colorado, but with the Yankees he's spent time at first, second, and third base, handling each position with the same ease that helped him win three Gold Gloves in the Rockies infield.
To reward his sterling efforts helping to lead a battered Yankees squad to a comfortable AL East lead in the first half, LeMahieu will be announced as the starting second baseman for the AL All-Stars in Cleveland this year.
It is a well-deserved honor for a blue-collar player like LeMahieu, and one the Yankees could have only hoped for when they signed him to a two-year, $24 million deal this past winter.