Ben Zobrist and Yordano Ventura were selected the Royals’ player and pitcher for August on Tuesday.
Zobrist, obtained by the Royals on July 28, made an immediate impact. For the month he ranked second in the American League in walks (17), sixth in hits (35) and eighth in on-base percentage (.433). He became the first Royals player in five years to hit a home run from both sides of the plate when he accomplished the feat in Toronto on Aug. 1.
Ventura went 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in six August starts. His four victories tied for second in the AL, and he tied for sixth in strikeouts with 37.