The arrival of October baseball means there are only five weeks left in the Summer 2019 regular season. As the playoff race shapes up, a number of players put up monster numbers in September, however only one will obtain the title of MABL Player of the Month. Candidates for the POTM award for September are listed below, with no more than one candidate per team. Voting is open to players, fans, and family members, and is limited to 1 vote per individual.
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After his POTM performance in August, the Central Rays’ Jonah Abreu has shown no signs of slowing down at the plate. Over 3 September games, Abreu hit .545 (6 for 11) with a .615 on-base percentage and a .727 slugging percentage. In addition, the Rays’ outfielder added to his league-leading RBI total by driving in 5 more over that span. In an offensive onslaught against the Royals on September 22, Abreu went 5 for 6 with a double and 2 RBIs.
Randy Button returned to the mound for the Kihei Centipedes in September with spectacular results in 2 appearances. The MABL Spring 2018 Cy Young Award winner posted a 1.50 ERA over 12.0 IP, striking out 13 and walking only 1. On September 29 Button held the Royals to 2 runs over 8 innings, while going 3 for 3 at the plate, providing the opportunity for a thrilling Centipedes walk-off victory in Makawao.
Jharid Racadio of the Upcountry Dirtbags has continued to rake, carrying a 6-game hitting streak into action this weekend. Over the month of September, Racadio went 6 for 12 with 3 walks over 4 games, good for a .500/.625/.500 AVG/OBP/SLG line. In a 1-run victory over the Royals on September 15, Racadio went 2 for 4 while scoring 3 times out of the cleanup spot for the ‘Bags.
The Makena Royals rookie phenom Pedro Rios put together a month for the ages, going 9 for 12 in 4 September games. Rios lead the league in average (.750) and on-base percentage (.813) to go along with a .917 slugging percentage, 2 doubles, 4 BBs, 6 runs scored, and 5 RBIs. In a losing effort against the Rays on September 22, Rios reached base in all 5 trips to the plate going 3 for 3 with a double and 2 walks.
The West Maui Brewers’ Enmanuel Yajure dominated on the mound and at the plate in September, leading the league in runs (10), hits (13), RBIs (9), total bases (17) and slugging percentage (.944) over 5 games. On the mound the 2-time MVP lead the league with a 0.69 ERA, .114 opponents’ batting average, and a minuscule 0.69 WHIP over 13.0 IP. In the Brewers’ September 29 game win over the Rays, Yajure went 2 for 4, scoring twice and driving in 2, while tossing a complete game victory, limiting the league’s top offense to 5 hits while striking out 6.
Check out the stats page for complete hitting and pitching stats for every player in the league, and cast your vote below for the MABL Player of the Month for September. Voting will be open through October 10.
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