MLB's All-May Team
The month of May is officially over, but before we turn the page to June we should look back at the month that was in baseball.
As the month of May progressed we began to learn which teams and players will likely shine this season, and which will struggle.
Here is a look at which players stood out the most during the month of May and qualified for MLB's All-May Team.
Catcher: Carlos Ruiz
May Stats: .418 AVG, 21 RBI, 5 HR, 16 R, .484 OBP, .696 SLG
Although the Phillies have had some early season struggles in baseball's toughest division, the National League East, Carlos Ruiz has helped them get back on track. Ruiz's batting average was one of the highest in baseball during the month of May and the amount of runs he produced was also one of the highest.
Ruiz has proven to be one of the top catchers in the league this season, and the Phillies will need him to continue to contribute if they want to repeat as the National League East champions.
First Baseman: Paul Konerko
May Stats: .379 AVG, 18 RBI, 6 HR, 18 R, .464 OBP, .611 SLG
Although age is catching up to Paul Konerko, you couldn't tell it by his outstanding month of May. While many first baseman during this season have displayed great amounts of power, Konerko has shown an ability to display that power while also regularly getting on base.
Konerko's contributions have helped the White Sox storm out into first place in the American League Central Division, and he will need to continue his strong surge if the White Sox want to find themselves in a playoff race late in the season.
Second Baseman: Robinson Cano
May Stats: .312 AVG, 19 RBI, 7 HR, 19 R, .364 OBP, .606 SLG
Robinson Cano has once again proven himself to be one of the best second baseman in the game of baseball this season. Cano features power that is rare for most second baseman, and also reaches base frequently.
Although the Yankees have struggled for a large part of the 2012 season, Cano has been the focal point of a team that is full of players in the latter years of their careers. Cano will need to continue his pace to help the Yankees get back to the postseason.
Third Baseman: Mark Trumbo
May Stats: .367 AVG, 18 RBI, 7 HR, 13 R, .407 OBP, .670 SLG
As Mark Trumbo got hot during May, so did Albert Pujols and so did the Los Angeles Angels. With Trumbo's strong performance throughout the month, the Angels stormed back from a dreadful start to finish the month at .500.
While the Angels are still trailing the Rangers by 5.5 games in the American League West, Trumbo has helped the Angels get back on track and has helped turned them into the dangerous team everyone expected them to be. With the help of Mark Trumbo, the Angels could become a strong World Series contender as the season progresses.
Shortstop: Rafael Furcal
May Stats: .349 AVG, 14 RBI, 4 HR, 23 R, .397 OBP, .486 SLG
Although Rafael Furcal was brought to St. Louis mainly for his glove, it appears that he has found the fountain of youth, and his bat is certainly benefiting from it. While the Cardinals have been crushed by injuries throughout the month, Furcal has stepped up and helped carry the Redbirds through these tough times.
St. Louis will need to get fully healthy if they want to give a strong effort at defending their World Series title, but for now at least they have an All-Star caliber shortstop who can help carry them through this injury plagued time.
Left Fielder: Josh Hamilton
May Stats: .344 AVG, 32 RBI, 12 HR, 19 R, .405 OBP, .781 SLG
Josh Hamilton was a total monster in May. He even hit four home runs in a single game.
Hamilton is once again proving himself to be an MVP candidate this year for the Rangers. If his strong performance continues, the Rangers could be looking at a third straight trip to the World Series.
Center Fielder: Adam Jones
May Stats: .298 AVG, 22 RBI, 10 HR, 20 R, .362 OBP, .623 SLG
Jones has shown an ability to produce runs when he is at the plate and score when he gets on base.
It has taken years, but the Baltimore offense has finally been sparked, and Jones is one of the main reasons. With the power that Jones and the rest of the Orioles have displayed at the plate they could be a very difficult team to beat in the American League East Division.
Right Fielder: Giancarlo Stanton
May Stats: .343 AVG, 30 RBI, 12 HR, 23 R, .432 OBP, .769 SLG
Giancarlo Stanton can simply crush the ball. Off scoreboards, off huge outfield structures, whatever is out there he can hit it. Stanton drove in a ridiculous 30 RBI during May while hitting for a blistering .343 average. His slugging percentage of .769 also shows how much he can crush the ball.
Stanton's contributions to the Miami Marlins, have turned them into a very dangerous team. With Stanton becoming one of the best hitters in all of baseball, the Marlins have a very strong chance of winning the National League East Division.
Starting Pitcher: Gio Gonzalez
May Stats: 5-0, 2.25 ERA, 45 K, .156 AVG, 0.94 WHIP
Gio Gonzalez was simply dominant during the month of May. Gonzalez won all five of his starts, while posting one of the lowest ERAs in baseball. Gonzalez was also fourth in strikeouts during the month, showing how dominant he has been.
With Gio Gonzalez pitching at the top of his game, the Nationals have put together a very strong rotation. Gonzalez will need to continue his strong performance throughout the year if he wants his team to win the very competitive National League East Division.
Relief Pitcher: Aroldis Chapman
May Stats: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 23 K, .045 AVG, 0.44 WHIP
Although he has had some off the field issues in recent weeks, Chapman has certainly had no problems on the field. Featuring one of the hardest thrown fastballs the game has ever seen, Chapman has dominated the opposition throughout the young 2012 season, and his presence has allowed the Reds to climb into first place in the National League Central Division.
Look for Chapman to continue his blistering pace in 2012, and help the Reds close out many games, ultimately making their bullpen a very strong weapon.
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