BUCCO Fans.com 2009 MVP: Andrew McCutchen
The final results of the MVP Tracker are posted, and Andrew McCutchen finished at the top of the rankings as the 2009 BUCCO Fans.com MVP for the Pittsburgh Pirates. McCutchen had a strong rookie season, hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line, with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases in 433 at-bats.
McCutchen was battling it out with Garrett Jones for the majority of the second half of the season, but sealed the deal by hitting for a .377/.463/.565 line in his final 18 games, with the Pirates going 7-11 in those games, largely due to the performance of McCutchen, according to the WPA numbers.
Garrett Jones finished in third, slightly behind John Grabow, who was at the top of the list since his trade to the Cubs. Jones had better numbers than McCutchen, with a .293/.372/.567 line, and 21 homers in 314 at-bats, although the WPA numbers take in to consideration how each play impacts the game, which means that while Jones had the better numbers, McCutchen had the biggest impact.
Joel Hanrahan and Ross Ohlendorf rounded out the top five. Hanrahan posted a 1.72 ERA in 33 appearances for the Pirates after the Nyjer Morgan trade. Ohlendorf finished the season with a 3.92 ERA, the best in the Pirates’ rotation this season, including 11 wins, which tied Zach Duke for the team high.