The Yankees roster is filled with high-priced veterans, but one of its youngest members saved his best month of the season for September.
Second baseman Robinson Cano, who led all rookies with 40 hits during the month, was named the American League Rookie of the Month for September on Monday.
"He's really something," manager Joe Torre said on Sept. 16. "He's in a good groove right now."
Cano stayed in that good groove all the way to the end of the season, raising his batting average 20 points. He finished 2005 with a .297 mark, the highest of any AL rookie. In September, Cano batted .381 (40-105) with 22 runs scored, five home runs and 16 RBIs. Three times, Cano strung together five-game hit streaks.
His month was highlighted by back-to-back five-RBI games Sept. 15 and 16. He hit a grand slam in the first, erasing a four-run deficit against the Devil Rays with one swing and propelling the Yankees to a 9-5 victory. He bashed two home runs in the second, an 11-10 victory against the Blue Jays; the game was the first multi-homer outing of his career.
The 10-RBIs-in-two-game performance earned Cano co-AL Player of the Week honors. He shared the award with David Ortiz. Cano was the first rookie to win the award since teammate Hideki Matsui did so in June 2003.
"Robinson Cano has really come into his own in the last two weeks," Alex Rodriguez said on Sept. 15.
Cano beat out Kansas City's Mark Teahen (.295, four home runs, 21 RBIs) and Tampa Bay's Johnny Gomes (.287, three home runs, 15 RBIs).
Ben Couch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.