Chicago White Sox rookie first baseman Jose Abreu has quietly had a monster first month in Major League Baseball. On Sunday the 27-year-old Cuban defector broke a record previously held by Albert Pujols, that’s a pretty big deal.
Abreu drove in four runs on Sunday giving him 31 RBIs to lead the majors this season. He broke Pujols’ rookie record for RBIs in April, the previous mark was 27. Abreu also had a home run on Sunday, giving him a major league-best 10, and further extending his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.
While Abreu’s marks may be a little different than what Pujols did, since he’s a 27-year-old rookie who played baseball professionally in Cuba for years, they are still impressive. He set the Cuban home run record in 2010-11 and was named the MVP of the Cuban National Series that year.
So far Abreu has set several notable records:
-His 10 home runs are the most by any Chicago White Sox rookie in any month.
-10 home runs in March/April are the most for any White Sox player since Paul Konerko had 11 in 2001. Jim Thome also hit 10 in 2006.
-Abreu’s 31 RBIs are a franchise record for the opening month. Konerko had 28 in 2002.
-His 31 RBIs are the most by a White Sox player in his first 26 games, and are the most by a White Sox player in any month since Frank Thomas had 31 in August of 2003.
-Abreu tied Zeke Bonura’s record for the most home runs through the first 26 games of a career. Bonura did it in 1934.
-He is the first player in MLB history to have four games with four or more RBIs in his first 26 games.
Abreu also isn’t done for April. The White Sox have three more games to play this month and we shouldn’t expect their slugging first baseman to stop crushing the ball any time soon.