The moniker of Mr. June goes to Kyle Schwarber, who garnered his second straight Player of the Month honor in June. This June, Schwarber slashed 12-27-.272/.385/.680 for the Phillies, which made him the best in the National League. As illustrious as his month was, it pales in comparison to June of 2021 when he hit a gaudy 16-30-.280/.362/.760 while with the Nationals. The Schwarbarian has annually put together solid numbers in the month of June and in his career has hit 47-104-.258/.352/.607 in 132 MLB games.
Overall in his career, Schwarber has hit 176 home runs with 401 RBI and slashed at a clip of .235/.342/.494 with the Cubs, Red Sox, Nats and Phillies. The Phillies left fielder and sometimes DH is on a pace to hit 44 home runs, which would eclipse his previous season high numbers of 38 with the Cubs in 2019 and 31 last season (25 with Washington, 13 with Boston).
Schwarber leads the NL in home runs (23) and is second in the league with 49 walks and third in runs scored with 54. The start of Schwarber’s Phillies career was nowhere near impressive as he batted .169 in April and upped his average just slightly to .196 in May before his June explosion. On the season, his average remains sub-par at .218 in 77 games.
The last Phillies player to win a Player of the Month award was Domonic Brown when he put together an explosive month of May back in 2013, batting .303 with 12 home runs and 25 RBI. Ironically, Brown had zero walks that month to keep his OBP at .303, but he slugged .688 for the Phillies. Brown put together an impressive first-half of the season in 2013 and played in the All-Star Game, but struggled horribly in the second-half and last played in the majors in 2015 with the Phillies.
The American League Player of the Month award went to Houston’s Yordan Alvarez, who leads all of baseball with a 1.070 OPS slashed 9-28-.418/.510/.835 for the Astros.