07/06/2010 2:42 PM ET
Gaby Sanchez of the Florida Marlins voted winner of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award for June
Florida Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez has been voted the June recipient of the Gillette presents
National League Rookie of the Month Award.
Sanchez led all National League rookies with 39 hits, 16 runs scored, two triples and a .587 slugging
percentage. The right-handed hitting first baseman added six doubles, four home runs and 16 RBI while
batting .375 with a .426 on-base percentage. On June 11th at Tampa Bay, Sanchez homered twice, marking
his first career multi-home run game, and set career-bests with four hits and six
RBI in the contest. The 26-year-old compiled a career-high eight-game hitting
streak from June 16th-24th, batting .472 (17-for-36) during that span. The Miami
native recorded five consecutive multi-hit games from June 19th-24th, and
collected 12 total multi-hit games during the month. In a three-game set at
Baltimore from June 22nd-24th, Sanchez hit .615 (8-for-13) with a home run, two
doubles and four RBI. The fourth round selection of the Marlins in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft is batting
a team-high .308 on the season, and leads all N.L. rookies in batting average, hits (90), doubles (19), total
bases (140), on-base percentage (.373) and extra-base hits (30). Sanchez, who played at the University of
Miami as a catcher, is just the third Marlins rookie ever to have at least 90 hits before the All-Star break,
joining Dan Uggla (94 in 2006) and Alex Gonzalez (99 in 1999). In addition, his 19 doubles are tied for
second-most by a Marlins rookie before the break, behind Mike Jacobs, who hit 24 in 2006.
Others rookies receiving votes included Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 2.27
ERA, 31.2 IP, 48 SO); left-hander Jonathon Niese (4-0, 2.67 ERA, 33.2 IP, 24 SO) of the New York Mets and
his teammate, first baseman Ike Davis (.264, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 15 R); and left fielder Tyler Colvin (.250, 5 HR,
14 RBI, .500 SLG) of the Chicago Cubs.
Sanchez will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Rookie of the