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Michael Brent Cuddyer

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[edit] Biographical Information

Mike Cuddyer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1997 amateur draft. In the 1996 World Junior Championship, he hit .367 for the Bronze Medal-winning Team USA. He was second to Dane Sardinha on the club with 5 RBI and tied Josh Bard for the most runs (5). He was on the US when they won Bronze in the 1997 World Junior Championship. Overall that summer, he hit .397 and slugged .853. He led the US with 26 RBI and 7 home runs.

In June of 2013, Cuddyer broke Dante Bichette's club record for the longest hitting streak in the history of the Colorado Rockies, which had stood at 23 games since 1995. Not only did he he catch Bichette, but he pushed the streak to 25 games with a homer off the San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito on June 28th. The streak eventually reached 27 games and ended when he went 0-for-4 against Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 2nd; it was the longest hitting streak of the year thus far, also matching a 27-game streak by David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox which had begun the previous season. His former teammate with the Twins, Denard Span, had a longer streak later in the year. A week after Cuddyer's streak ended, he was named to the National League All-Star team. Cuddyer ended up winning the National League batting title with a .331 average. He was named the winner of a Silver Slugger Award in the NL for his hitting performance, which included 31 doubles, 20 homers and 84 RBIs in addition to the lofty batting average.

Cuddyer was off to another good start in 2014, hitting .317 with 4 doubles and 3 homer after 16 games, when he was placed on the disabled list on April 21st because of a strained left hamstring. While he was out, Nolan Arenado was putting together a hitting streak and erased Mike's club record when it reached 28 games on May 8th.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time All-Star (2011 & 2013)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2013)
  • NL Batting Average Leader (2013)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 4 (2006, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2009)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2006)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2006)

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