Duffy, Esky voted top Royals players for June

Duffy, Esky voted top Royals players for June

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals named Danny Duffy and Alcides Escobar their Pitcher and Player of the Month, respectively, for their work in June.

Both players finished the month strong on Monday -- Duffy gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings, while Escobar collected four RBIs against the Twins to start Kansas City's road trip off with a win.

Duffy has been excellent on the mound. He posted a 1.69 ERA in six June starts, while striking out 31 batters against 12 walks. Manager Ned Yost has been very impressed.

"His last five, six, seven starts have been really, really good," Yost said. "And that's a big enough sample to say this ain't no fluke."

Meanwhile, Yost had similarly high praise for Escobar, who hit .374 with 10 RBIs in 27 games during June.

"This is the best year of his career, because he's much more focused, and he's much more in tune to the game," Yost said. "He's just having a great year."

Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.