Seiya Suzuki is the NL Rookie of the Month for April!

Of course he is!

The Chicago Cubs may have paid 27-year-old outfielder Seiya Suzuki $85 million to join their team this offseason, but he still counts as a rookie in the eyes of MLB. And as a rookie, with extensive professional experience in Japan, Suzuki entered the season as one of the favorites to win Rookie of the Year in the National League.

There’s still a very long way to go before that award is handed out, but Suzuki got off the a FANTASTIC start last month, earning him NL Player of the Week honors a couple weeks ago and NL Rookie of the Month honors for April just today.

Suzuki actually closed out the month with an 0-11 streak and was STILL good enough to take home the award. Overall, in April, he slashed .279/.405/.529 (164 wRC+), with a brilliant 16.7% walk rate and a 27.4% strikeout rate. Included in those numbers: five doubles, four homers, one stolen base, and 14 RBI.

He’s been patient, selective, powerful, and an absolute treat on and off the field.

It hasn’t been all roses, of course (hence that 0-for he broke up with an RBI double on Sunday), but we had to stretch to identify his primary area of weakness.

Suzuki may not stay this good all season, but so far, he’s been just about everything you could ask for and then some for the Cubs.

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Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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