Nomar Mazara has been awarded the American League Rookie of the Month for April. Mazara was called up to the main roster on April 10 after Shin-Soo Choo suffered an injury.
Since making his Major League debut, he has registered 22 hits, scored ten runs, homered twice, and scored eight RBIs. His batting average is over .300.
This 20-year-old rookie is a very promising young player. In fact, he joins Yu Darvish (2012), Justin Grim (2013), Martin Perez (2014), and Delino DeShields (2015) to be named Rookie of the Month. So for five years in a row, a member of the Texas Rangers organizations has received this award. As a matter of fact, he’s the third Texas Ranger to win the award in the month of April.
Heading into the 2016 season, baseball pundits believed that the left-handed hitting Mazara had excellent plate presence and was ready to make a significant impact if called up stating that he has potential to hit for average along with 30 homeruns per season in his prime.
Don’t be surprised though if Mazara is sent back down to the minors if he hits a slump. The Rangers only need to look to the results of 2B Rougned Odor for proof that some remedial instruction can be a good thing. The only other way Mazara would be sent down is if the outfield becomes crowded with the return of Choo and Josh Hamilton. Mazara could avoid this by maintaining his current hot streak.
The Rangers know that they have a gem in the young outfielder and Mazara knows that his future is bright with the organization.