Now Commenting On:

Barden named NL Rookie of the Month

Barden named NL Rookie of the Month

Brian Barden, who has played all over the Cardinals' infield and hit everywhere, was saluted for his productive versatility as the April recipient of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award.

The 28-year-old batted .385 in 21 games he divided among third (19), short and second. His .641 slugging percentage led all NL rookies, among whom he was second with an on-base percentage of .432.

The product of Oregon State University quickly got with the program in St. Louis' historic rivalry with the Cubs: In five games against Chicago, he went 8-for-12 (.667), with home runs in consecutive games (April 16-17), and a three-hit game on April 25.

Other rookies drawing support were Washington hurler Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 2.38 ERA), Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler (.290 with nine stolen bases, including a five-bag haul on April 27 against San Diego) and Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español