After dominating in May, Aroldis Chapman was recognized as the American League's best bullpen arm with the Reliever of the Month Award.
Though he hasn't been scorching the radar guns as per usual, Chapman is still dominant, relying more on mixing up his pitches to make that lesser velocity look like his 104 mph heater in the past.
It definitely worked in May, as Chapman threw to a 0.79 ERA and went 11-for-11 in save opportunities. He also struck out 18 batters, while holding opponents to a combined .128 batting average.
Chapman also joins some great company, becoming the second Yankee to ever be awarded the honor. Who was the other? None other than Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera, who won it in April 2008 and July 2009.
At 31, Chapman is still holding it down for the Yankees in the back end. Overall, he owns a 1.52 ERA over 23.2 innings with 17 saves on the year. Whether or not Chapman can sustain this type of production is to be seen, but that ERA at the moment is his best mark since 2012 when his first All-Star season saw a 1.51 ERA.
The Yankees' heavily talented bullpen has paid dividends so far this season, but none better than Chapman. And the MLB recognized that.