Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hotaka Yamakawa named Pacific League Hitting MVP for August 2017

The August 2017 monthly MVPs were announced by NPB on Thursday night. Hotaka Yamakawa would win the hitting MVP from the Pacific League for the month.

Yamakawa, who will turn 26 in November, was called up in July after starting the season on the opening day roster. In August, he would hit .326 with 30 hits, 9 home runs and 28 RBIs. He would also have 20 walks with an on-base percentage of .451 and a slugging average of .696.

In 11 of those games in August, he had at least two hits. There were at least 10 RBIs in 10 of those games.

Yamakawa has taken the starting 1B role since July and has continued to be there since. It has led to the benching of Ernesto Mejia, where he was even deactivated from the roster to begin August.

This is the first time Yamakawa has earned a monthly honor and it's the third time a Saitama Seibu Lions player has done it this season. Ken Togame won the pitching honor in June while Shogo Akiyama was the hitter of the month for July.

Other recipients of August 2017 awards:

P Dennis Sarfate (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks)

OF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama DeNa Baystars)

P Miles Mikolas (Yomiuri Giants)


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