The Ni-gun Mizuno MVP awards for the month of May.
Kenshi Sugiya - Nippon Ham Fighters
19 G, 27-for-73, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 5 SB, .370 BA
Sugiya's batting average, stolen bases, and on base percentage (.452) were all good for second in the league. He also recorded eight multi-hit games, of which four were 3+ hits.
Hiroki Yamada - Softbank Hawks
3 G, 2-0, 19 IP, 21 SO, 3 ER, 1.42 ERA
Yamada started three games in May and won two. His 9.95 SO/9 was tops in the league while his ERA was second best. Yamada started the season as an Ikusei player and had his contract upgraded on 3/17. Yamada is just the third former Ikusei player to win the award.