Pittsburgh's center fielder was named the NL Player of the Month for June on Wednesday, marking the third time in his career that he's won that distinction. McCutchen batted .343 and drilled 12 doubles and eight home runs in 26 games last month en route to earning league honors.
"[I'm] honored. I'm grateful and thank God for the opportunity to be able to put forth a good month," McCutchen said. "To get the award is really good, but I definitely couldn't have done it without the guys behind me, my teammates."
McCutchen's eight homers were tied for the most of any NL player in June, and he also ranked second in slugging percentage (.686), hits (36) and doubles. McCutchen, the reigning NL Most Valuable Player Award winner, posted a .410 on-base percentage with five stolen bases and 19 runs scored in June.
McCutchen hit safely in eight consecutive games from June 21-28, and he had a few star-level performances in that span. The 27-year-old homered on June 25 and had a three-hit game on June 23. McCutchen has had 26 multihit games and seven three-hit games this season.
"I was feeling pretty good. I was definitely trying to get my extra-base hits, hit the ball for some power a little bit," McCutchen said. "I was feeling good throughout the month. I'm going to try and continue to get better as we move forward."
McCutchen previously won the NL Player of the Month Award in June and July of 2012.
Only three other players received votes for the NL Player of the Month: Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy batted .359 with six home runs; Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett hit .397 with a .692 slugging percentage; and Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, who was the NL Rookie of the Month for June, batted .327 with 18 runs.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less