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Austin Riley Earns May Rookie of the Month After Astoundingly Good Debut

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 23: Austin Riley #27 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single in the 13th inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on May 23, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
Daniel Shirey

Exactly how much do you have to mash in a given month to win top rookie honors despite only playing 15 games?

Apparently, we officially have that answer: Austin Riley's stat line oughtta do it.

Riley put up seven dingers, 20 RBI, and a .356 average in his first half-month in the league, and that was more than enough to capture the hardware.

While there may eventually be some Riley-Ender Inciarte drama to sort out once the roster's at full strength, there can be no debate at this point: the kid can mash, and we should appreciate everything he's done in such a short time frame.

It feels like we've heard Riley's name bandied about forever as either the future of the team or possible trade bait (exhale), but he's still only 22. Braves fans should be excited for more exemplary months in the not-so-distant future from their powerful Swiss Army Knife.