Jul 02, 2024

Vinnie Pasquantino, Seth Lugo named Royals Player/Pitcher of the Month

Posted Jul 02, 2024 6:32 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City Royals announced this afternoon that infielder Vinnie Pasquantino and right-handed pitcher Seth Lugo have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for June. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Pasquantino led all Royals with 19 RBI in the month of June, while slashing .276/.342/.490 (27-for-98). He matched Bobby Witt Jr. for the team lead with 12 extra-base hits, as he tallied 7 doubles, 1 triple and 4 home runs. His 19 RBI last month were tied for the 10th most in the American League, trailing leader Aaron Judge (37), and they were the most by a Royal in the month of June in seven years, since Mike Moustakas recorded 22 RBI in June 2017. Pasquantino’s 8 go-ahead RBI in June led the American League and were just 1 behind the Major League leaders, Ketel Marte, Shohei Ohtani and Alec Burleson. He finished the month with an active 7-game streak with an RBI, which is the longest such streak of his career, and he has an active 9-game RBI streak at Kauffman Stadium, which is the longest such streak at home by a Royal in a single season since Eric Hosmer’s club-record 12-game streak from Aug. 7-25, 2015. He homered in consecutive plate appearances against the division-rival Guardians, hitting a 2-run shot in the 8th inning on June 28, followed by his game-tying solo home run in the 1st inning on June 29. Overall this season, Pasquantino is tied for 6th in the American League with 55 RBI and his 18 go-ahead RBI are tied for the 3rd most in the Majors, behind only Judge (21) and Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm (19). This marks Pasquantino’s first monthly honor of the season and third of his career, after winning back-to-back awards in September/October 2022 and March/April 2023.