The Cubs announced Wednesday the organization’s Player and Pitcher of the Month for May. Kris Bryant walked away with the player honor following his incredible month in the Southern League. Paul Blackburn followed up a very good start to his season with an impressive month of May with the Kane County Cougars.
In 29 games last month, Kris Bryant smacked 12 home runs and seven doubles while going 44-for-108 at the plate with 30 runs scored. Bryant walked 17 times, struck out 32 times and drove in 34 runs. Bryant finished May with a .407/.492/.806 slash line with a 1.298 OPS.
Kris Bryant leads the Southern League in most offensive categories for the season. In 57 games at the Double-A level, Bryant has put together a .353/.460/.700 line with 15 doubles, 19 home runs, 145 total bases, 51 RBI and a 1.160 OPS.
Paul Blackburn followed up his 2-1 mark with a 2.84 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP in five April starts with a 3-0 record in five starts in May with a 1.88 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Blackburn issued five walks in 28 2/3 innings while striking out 26 batters. Teams hit .250 against him and he allowed six earned runs on 27 hits with only one ball leaving the park.
The 20-year old right hander is 5-1 in 10 starts this season with a 2.33 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. In 54 innings, Blackburn has allowed 14 runs on 47 hits with 10 walks, four hit batsmen and three home runs while striking out 43 batters.
Paul Blackburn spent last season in Boise after the Cubs selected him in the sandwich round of the 2012 draft with the comp pick received for Carlos Pena signing with the Tampa Bay Rays. Blackburn does not turn 21 until Dec. 4.
Tsuyoshi Wada and Will Remillard were the Cubs Pitcher and Player of the Month for April.