New Britain Bees third baseman Luke Broadhurst was named the Futures League Player of The Month for the month of May and June last week.
The Stafford, Connecticut native and Eastern Connecticut State University product has proved to be pivotal for the bees, posting a .524 slugging percentage with a .341 average at the time of his nomination. He also had 18 RBIs, six stolen bases and has reached base safely in 17 of 22 games this season. He also has an on-base percentage of .455 and an OPS of .979.
Broadhurst had eight multi-hit nights entering July, including a 3-for-4 night against Worcester where he hit a two-run single to walk it off against the Bravehearts on June 29.
"Man, what a consistent guy," said Bees head coach Donnie McKillop. "Everything he does is super consistent, super even keel. Just a great competitor and always [is] in every at-bat. ... He's been an awesome player for us and is a great clubhouse guy, there's no ego to him. ... What speaks louder is the type of person he is and that he's able to do it."
McKillop hopes the recognition of Broadhurst will not just help keep him going, but will help spark some of his teammates to get going as the team nears the all-star break.
"I think all of our guys are seeing the ball well and making adjustments," said McKillop. "... Hitting is contagious. Luke has got (Ryan) Bagdasarian right in front of him and Alec (Ritch) right in front of him, and that top three has done a great job. ... I think our offense is one of the top in the league, ... as much as Luke is contagious offensively we've got a group of guys who are electric in a variety of ways."
Named opposite Broadhurst as pitcher for the months of May and June was Brockton Rox pitcher and UMass-Boston product Dillon Ryan. Ryan is 3-0 with a 1.21 ERA and 37 strikeouts across 22 1/3 innings of work.