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05/05/2009 2:57 PM ET
Brian Barden of the St. Louis Cardinals named winner of the Gillette presents National League rookie of the month award for April
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St. Louis Cardinals infielder Brian Barden has been named the April recipient of the Gillette presents National League Rookie of the Month Award.

In 21 games during April, Barden hit .385 (15-for-39) with three home runs, a double, seven RBI and eight runs scored to help the Cardinals start the 2009 season with a Major League-best 16-7 record. The 28-year-old posted a .641 slugging percentage and a .432 on-base percentage to go along with 25 total bases. The 5'11", 185-pounder topped all N.L. rookies in home runs, batting average and slugging percentage, ranked second in on-base percentage, and tied for second in games played. On April 9th against the Pirates at home, the Oregon State University product collected a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning which proved to be the game-winner as the Cardinals won, 2-1. Later that week, Barden hit his first Major League home run, a go-ahead solo blast, on April 13th at Arizona in the eighth inning to lift the Cardinals to another 2-1 victory. A native of Templeton, California, Brian recorded a hit in five consecutive games from April 13th-18th, including a three-hit performance on April 16th at Wrigley Field against the N.L. Central rival Chicago Cubs. In five games against the Cubs in April, Brian hit .667 (8-for-12), including home runs in back-to-back games on April 16thth-17, and another three-hit game on April 25th at Busch Stadium. Barden, who was selected off waivers by the Cardinals in August 2007, was originally drafted by the Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

Others rookies receiving votes included Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 2.38 ERA, 11.1 IP, 8 SO); Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler (.290, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 12 R, 9 SB); and Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer (.278, 18 H, 2 HR, 10 R).

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