Bautista unanimously wins monthly award

Bautista unanimously wins monthly award

NEW YORK -- Jose Bautista was voted the Honda Blue Jays Player of the Month on Sunday afternoon by the Toronto Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The vote was unanimous, which should come as no surprise, considering the successful April that Bautista enjoyed as Toronto's No. 3 hitter.

Bautista finished the month with the American League lead in almost every major offensive category. He ranked first in batting average (.366), on-base percentage (.532), OPS (1.312), slugging (.780) and runs scored (25).

The 30-year-old Bautista also led the AL with nine home runs while finishing just one behind Ryan Braun and Alfonso Soriano for most in the Major Leagues. With nine homers, Bautista also finished just one shy of the franchise record for April, which was set by Carlos Delgado in 2001.

Bautista seemed to get stronger as the month went on. Over his final 11 games of April, he hit .455 (15-for-33) with four doubles, one triple, six home runs, nine RBIs and 16 walks.

The 28 walks Bautista drew in April set a club record, surpassing Delgado's mark of 26 from 2001. Bautista also reached base in all but one of the 24 games in which he played.

The Dominican native finished fourth in voting for the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 2010 after hitting .260 with 54 home runs and 124 RBIs. He is a favorite to be named the AL Player of the Month for April.

Honda will make a donation to the charity of Bautista's choosing.