It's difficult to have a better first full calendar month in the Majors than Kyle Hendricks had in August. The Cubs starter was rewarded for it with the National League Rookie of the Month Award on Wednesday.
Hendricks, a right-hander, went 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in August, going at least seven innings in four of his six starts and not allowing more than two earned runs in any of them. Hendricks, who made his big league debut on July 10, had the best ERA among qualifying NL rookies, and his 37 1/3 innings pitched and .206 opponents' batting average were both second.
The Cubs went 6-0 in the month when Hendricks took the hill, and he became their first player to win the award since Anthony Rizzo did so in July 2012. He is the first Cubs pitcher to win the award since it started being handed out in 2001.
Hendricks' teammate, Jorge Soler, also received votes, as did San Francisco's Joe Panik, Arizona's Ender Inciarte and David Peralta, Philadelphia's Ken Giles, Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton and St. Louis' Kolten Wong.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less