I was holding out hope that he could do it, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis was beaten out for the NL Rookie of the Month award by Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley, who went 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in April.
Nieuwenhuis led all major league rookies with a .325 batting average and 26 hits in April. He was second in runs scored (11), tied for third with two home runs and fourth with eight RBI.
Nieuwenhuis’ .325 batting average is the third-highest by a rookie in team history in the month of April, trailing only Rey Ordonez (.354 in April, 1996) and Ron Gardenhire (.345 in April, 1982).
Over a 17 game span between April 13 and April 30, Nieuwenhuis batted .338 (23-68) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, one home run and six RBI.
What’s not to love?