July will be a month to remember for former LSU baseball standout Ryan Schimpf.
The 28-year-old Schimpf, who earned his first call-up to the major leagues when the San Diego Padres promoted him from Triple-A El Paso in mid-June, was named Wednesday the National League’s rookie of the month for July.
In his first full month in the big leagues, Schimpf, a Covington native who helped LSU win the College World Series in 2009, led all major-leaguers with nine home runs and ranked second in slugging percentage at .705 in 24 games.
The left-handed hitting Schimpf, who plays second base, had a .387 on-base percentage as well as 15 extra-base hits and 55 total bases to lead all rookies. He ranked second with 17 runs scored and his 17 RBIs tied for second, while his .269 batting average in the month was fourth.
Schimpf had the first multi home-run game of his young career on July 6 when he belted two in a 13-6 win at Arizona and his three RBIs that day was a career-high.
On July 24, Schimpf recorded the first three-hit game of his career, going 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs in a 10-6 victory at Washington.
Schimpf, a fifth-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009, was signed by the Padres as a free agent last November. He started slowly at the plate after making his major-league debut on June 14, going just 3-for-29 the rest of the month for a .103 average.
In 26 games since then, he’s 23-for-86 (.267) to raise his overall average to .226 in 39 games with 19 RBIs, eight doubles and two triples to go with his nine homers.
In the field, he’s had three errors in 157 chances (.980) in starting three games at third base and 31 at second base.
Schimpf is only the fourth Padres player to be named the NL’s rookie of the month since the award’s inception in 2001, joining Xavier Nady (May 2003), Khalil Greene (April and August 2004) and Josh Barfield (July 2006).