McCutchen again named NL Player of the Month

McCutchen again named NL Player of the Month

McCutchen again named NL Player of the Month
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen earned his second consecutive Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month Award on Thursday, making him the first Pirate since 1988 to win the award twice in the same season.

McCutchen torched his way through July, hitting .446 (41-for-92) with seven homers, 15 RBIs and 22 runs scored. Those numbers come one month after he garnered June honors by hitting .370 with seven dingers and 26 RBIs.

Not only is McCutchen the first Bucs player since Bobby Bonilla to win the award twice in a season, he's also the first player on any team to win it in back-to-back months since the Phillies' Ryan Howard in 2006.

The July honor is just the latest accolade this season for McCutchen, who signed a six-year contract extension and also made his second All-Star appearance last month in Kansas City.

The 25-year-old enters play Thursday with a Major League-best .373 average, and is also tied for third in the NL with 22 home runs.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.