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Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs voted winner of the Gillette Presents National League Rookie of the Month Award for April
05/03/2011 5:25 PM ET

Chicago Cubs infielder Darwin Barney has been voted the April recipient of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award.

Barney hit .326 (29-for-89) during the month with one home run and 14 RBI, which ranked second among Major League rookies. In addition, the 25-year-old collected four doubles, two triples, 15 runs scored and one stolen base to go along with a .351 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage. The Oregon State product, who was selected by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, recorded 11 multi-hit games during April, including one three-hit game on April 23rd against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field. In that contest, Darwin posted a season-high three RBI with a double and two runs scored to help the Cubs to a 10-8 victory. Over the three-game set against the Dodgers, Barney went 6-for-15 (.400) with five RBI. The Portland, Oregon native clubbed his first career home run, a two-run shot, on April 25th against the Colorado Rockies at home. Darwin collected at least one RBI in five straight contests from April 20th - April 25th, totaling eight RBI during that stretch. He also recorded a seven-game hitting streak from the first game of a doubleheader on April 20th through April 26th, hitting .353 (12-for-34) during the streak. Barney's 29 hits in the first month of the season were the most by a Cubs rookie since 2008, when Kosuke Fukudome had 32 hits. Additionally, he hit safely in 17 of his 20 starts during April, and batted .500 (10-for-20) with runners in scoring position.

Others rookies receiving votes included Washington Nationals teammates Wilson Ramos (.358, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 2B, .547 SLG) and Danny Espinosa (.227, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 3 2B, 2 3B, 12 R); closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1, 2.31 ERA, 6 SV, 11.2 IP, 15 SO) and right-handed starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (1-1, 3.47 ERA, 36.1 IP, 36 SO) of the Braves; left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 13 G, 12.2 IP, 15 SO) of the Reds; left-handed reliever Mike Dunn (1-1, 0.00 ERA, 11 G, 9.2 IP, 14 SO) of the Marlins; right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler (1-1, 3.65 ERA, 7 G, 12.1 IP, 14 SO) of the Brewers; and right-handed reliever Eduardo Sanchez (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 7 G, 1 SV, 10.0 IP, 17 SO).

Barney will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Rookie of the Month performance.

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