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2010 Position Recap: Center Field

2010 Position Recap: Center Field

McCutchen held down the center field job all season.

The Pirates didn't have many positions that were locked down from the start of the 2010 season, but center field was one of them.  Andrew McCutchen started the year in center field for his first full season in the majors, and he didn't disappoint.  After hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line in 433 at-bats as a rookie, McCutchen followed up with a .286/.365/.449 line in 570 at-bats during his first full season.  McCutchen saw a dip in power, but was still one of the top players at his position.

Out of 27 qualifying center fielders, McCutchen ranked sixth this year in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage, and 11th in slugging.  Out of 149 qualified hitters at every position, McCutchen ranked 39th in batting average, 34th in on-base percentage, and 63rd in slugging.

Those numbers are impressive when you consider two things: McCutchen just completed his first full season in the majors, and he just turned 24 on Sunday.  McC...

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