"Minor League Player of the Month" - May

Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round (425th overall) of the 2008 First Year Player Draft, Quad Cities' catcher/DH, Charlie Cutler added three more hits on Sunday, improving his league-leading batting average to .386.

Over his last 10 games this month, the 22-year-old from San Francisco hit .436 (19-for-39) with six multi-hit contests, 12 RBIs, six runs scored and four doubles. The smooth swinging lefty also has almost as many walks (15) as strikeouts (16) this season to go along with a .435 on-base percentage, which ranks third in the league.

For the month of May, in 26 games, Cutler hit .410 (41-for-100) with two home runs and 21 RBIs for the River Bandits, with slash stats of .427/.540/.967 (OBP/SLG/OPS). On the season, he is hitting an amazing .450 (18-for-40) with runners in scoring position, accounting for his 33 RBIs through the first two months of the 09 campaign, ranking seventh among the Midwest League Leaders.

In 40 games for the Batavia Muckdogs last season, in his first year in professional baseball, Cutler hit .303 with three home runs and 18 RBIs. In his final 10 games for the Class-A short-season team, we saw the signs of things to come from this impressive young catcher, as he hit .417 (15-for-36) to close out the season and even a more remarkable .474 (9-for-19) batting average with six runs scored in the postseason to help lead Batavia to the NY-Penn League championship.

A catcher that can hit and play solid defense, Cutler's stock is rising as he takes home the Birdhouse's "Minor League Player of the Month" honors of May of 2009 and a seven game hitting streak into the month of June.

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