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Ryan Mountcastle becomes first Orioles player since 2010 to be named AL Rookie of the Week

Ryan Mountcastle spent the first month of the season just trying to keep his head above water. He did that and then some, and a turnaround that began in May resulted in a breakout June in which the young Orioles slugger was named the American League Rookie of the Month for June.

“It means a lot,” Mountcastle said. “There’s a lot of good rookies in the AL, and to be named Player of the Month is pretty cool.”

Mountcastle hit .198 with one home run and a .515 OPS in April, but was better in May and was honored for a month of June in which he hit .