NPB announced their awards for the month of April for both the Pacific and Central League. In the Pacific, there was no doubt who would be the hitting MVP in Ernesto Mejia.
Coming off a down season in 2015, Mejia had an average of .316 and a slugging average of .640. Having a combination of 10 home runs and 28 RBIs, which lead the league in both categories, it was an easy call for him to win the award.
The real improvement we saw in April was watching him at the plate. He had greater pitch recognition and even when he strikes out, we're seeing Mejia look smarter when batting. Norio Tanabe has moved him up to as high as 3rd in the batting order and the team has given him a chance to impress every time.
Previously, Shogo Akiyama won this award in April and June for 2016 while Takeya "Okawari-kun" Nakamura was the Pacific League MVP in July. Kona Takahashi was the pitching MVP for August last year.
Here is a video reaction of Mejia winning his award. There is also merchandise available to commemorate this achievement.
Other April MVP awards:
Central League pitching: Tomoyuki Sugano (Yomiuri Giants)
Central League batting: Dayan Viciedo (Chunichi Dragons)
Pacific League pitching: Hideaki Wakui (Chiba Lotte Marines)
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