Andrew McCutchen Named NL Player of the Month for July
For the second month in a row, Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the National League Player of the Month. During the month of July, McCutchen hit for a .446/.510/.739 line in 92 at-bats, with seven home runs. His average, runs scored, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage all ranked second during the month of July in the National League. He tied for fifth in homers and his 68 total bases were third in the majors.
McCutchen set a Pirates franchise record for the highest batting average in the month of July (50 at-bats minimum) since 1900. He finished the month going 3-for-5, which was his major league leading 16th game with three hits, and his 12th multi-hit game in July.
McCutchen becomes the first Pittsburgh Pirate to win two Player of the Month honors in the same season since Bobby Bonilla in 1988 (who also won in back to back months). The last NL player to accomplish this was Ryan Howard, in August and September 2006).