In a similar fashion to Gary Wallace’s Minor League Players of the Week, NoMaas’ Marshall Seymour is unveiling our new Big League Players of the Month feature. At the conclusion of each month, we’ll select two Yankees (position player & pitcher) who carried the Bombers over the last 30 or 31 days.

Big League Players of the Month (May):

Pitcher:
Phil Hughes, 3.03 ERA/2.73 FIP/3.17 xFIP, 38.2 IP

Hughes picked up right where he started in April and continued his dominance through another month with 39 strikeouts and just 8 walks and 3 homeruns through 6 starts. He was not aided by luck either as his .314 BABIP and 77.3% strand rate were not far from where you’d expect them to be.

The guy who entered the season battling for the 5th rotation spot (kind of) has pitched like the ace so far. Hughes will probably come back to earth somewhat, but he is already showing that he has the ability to be a top starter.

Position Player:
Nick Swisher, .374/.441/.670, 102 PA

Even with bicep troubles which limited his playing time somewhat, Swisher still managed to absolutely crush the ball in May. His .478 wOBA was the best on the team in May by nearly 100 points.

On the season overall, Nick is off to a torrid start (.317/.397/.563), but has been aided by a highly inflated .376 BABIP (.281 career). Given that more balls have been falling in for hits, he has been more apt to swing (44.7% of the time) and his walk rate on the season is down to 9.5% from his career 13.8%. As long as Swisher accumulates the missing free passes when his bat inevitably cools down, he will continue to be a very productive player.