Cubs Darwin Barney Naturally Selected NL Rookie of the Month

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Chicago Cubs infielder Darwin Barney was voted the National League Rookie of the Month for April.

Barney hit .326 during the month with one home run and 14 RBI, which ranked second among Major League rookies. 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. Before being called up last summer, Barney was the AAA leader in hits.

The Oregon State product was the Cubs fourth round pick in the 2007 Draft (you could say Darwin was “naturally selected”, and he recorded 11 multi-hit games during April, including one three-hit game on April 23rd against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

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Cubs promote AAA hits leader Darwin Barney to parent club

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Today, the Chicago Cubs called up infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Iowa. He will wear uniform number 15 and be available for this afternoon’s game in San Francisco .

A 2010 Pacific Coast League All-Star, Barney joins the Cubs leading all of Triple-A with 142 hits this season.  Overall, he’s hitting .297 (142-for-478) with 24 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 71 runs scored, 49 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 113 games for Iowa in 2010.

Barney is pretty consistent when you look at his splits  vs. right-handed pitching (.302) and southpaws (.287).  He has played 111 games at that shortstop and two at second base this season.

By Paul M. Banks

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