Jose Abreu joined an exclusive club Monday.
The slugging Chicago White Sox first baseman became the second player to capture his league's Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month awards to open a major league career. The feat was first accomplished last June by Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
Abreu won the American League honors. Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was selected the National League Player of the Month, while Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings was chosen NL Rookie of the Month.
Abreu, 27, was the major leagues' April leader in home runs (10), RBIs (32), total bases (71) and extra-base hits (19), and he batted .270 (31-for-115). No player in major league history hit as many homers before May 1 in his debut season than Abreu's total. His 10 homers set a White Sox rookie record for any month.
The RBI total tied for the third-highest total over a player's first 29 major league games, matching two superstars: Joe DiMaggio (1939) and Albert Pujols (2001).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie before Abreu to lead the majors in homers and RBIs through April was Minnesota Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek in 1982.
In addition to Abreu and Puig, six others captured Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month simultaneously: Florida Marlins left-hander Dontrelle Willis (June 2003), Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (July 2007), San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (July 2010), Tampa Bay Rays right-handers Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and Chris Archer (July 2013) and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout (July 2012).
The last White Sox player to be chosen the AL Player of the Month was outfielder Magglio Ordonez in July 2003.