Luis Gil named AL Pitcher of the Month and Rookie of the Month

Luis Gil was named AL Pitcher of the Month and Rookie of the Month.|Art or Photo Credit: AP

Luis Gil has been named the Pitcher of the Month and the Rookie of the Month for May in the American League, as announced on MLB Network Monday morning.

Gil received his first career Pitcher of the Month award and is the first Yankee to be voted a Pitcher of the Month since defending AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole won last April. Gil also becomes the fifth pitcher in MLB and fourth in the AL to win both awards within the same month, joining the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker (August 2014); the Rays’ Chris Archer (July 2013); the Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and the Marlins’ Dontrelle Willis (June 2003).

Luis Gil, New York Yankees (@thegil81)

  • Over six starts, the right-hander went unbeaten with a 6-0 record and a 0.70 ERA (3 ER/38.2 IP), while allowing 14 hits with 12 walks, 44 strikeouts, a 0.67 WHIP, a .109 opponents’ batting average and 10.24 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
  • The 26-year-old led the Majors in wins, opponents’ average and WHIP; ranked second in ERA and innings pitched and ranked third in strikeouts.
  • The Dominican Republic native hurled a career-high 8.0 innings on Wednesday at Los Angeles (AL), allowing just one run on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. The dominant start lowered his ERA to 1.99, after he entered the month of May with the mark at 4.01.
  • The rookie struck out 14 batters over 6.0 innings on May 18, setting a Yankees’ rookie record to surpass the previous record of 13 strikeouts by Orlando Hernández on Aug. 13, 1998. From the fourth inning through the sixth inning, Gil recorded seven straight strikeouts.
  • Gil tossed at least 6.0 innings and did not allow more than one run in all six of his starts in May, joining Steve Kline (1972) as the only hurlers in Yankees history to pitch at least 6.0 innings while allowing no more than one run in six consecutive starts. Overall, he is just the 14th pitcher since 1901 under the age of 26 to have at least six consecutive starts of 6.0 innings while allowing no more than one run.
  • The Yankees hurler leads qualified rookies this season in wins (7), strikeouts (79), opponents’ batting average (.135); ranks second in WHIP (0.95); third in ERA (1.99); and is tied for third in games started (11) and innings pitched (63.1).

In the National League, Atlanta’s Chris Sale won Pitcher of the Month and Milwaukee’s Joey Ortiz won Rookie of the Month.