Puig named NL player of the month

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig was voted the National League player of the month for June as well as the National League rookie of the month, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

After making his debut on June 3, he lead leads the majors during his first month with 44 hits, while leading the National League with a .436 batting average and a .467 on-base percentage.

Puig and Joe DiMaggio are the only players in major league history with at least 40 hits and four home runs in their first month in the majors. Puig's 44 hits in June are second only to DiMaggio's 48 in 1936, and are the most hits ever in one month by a Dodgers rookie.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly marveled at the start to Puig's career while he was talking to "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio.

“You see it in the cage with the way the ball comes off his bat,” Mattingly said. “There are a few guys like him but there aren’t many. What we saw in spring training I don’t think any of us were really thinking that this is something could keep happening and it could happen over an extended period of time."

The last Dodger to win player of the month was Matt Kemp (April 2012) and the last to win rookie of the month was Dee Gordon (September 2011).