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.