McCutchen is one of the most valuable players in baseball.
Andrew McCutchen might be the first true star player the Pirates have had since Barry Bonds. Brian Giles was good. Jason Bay was good. But McCutchen? He could be great. He's already good. That's been obvious since the moment he stepped foot in the majors.
In his rookie year, McCutchen hit the ground running, hitting for a .286/.365/.471 line, with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases in 433 at-bats. In his first full season, at the age of 23, he hit for a .286/.365/.449 line with 16 homers and 33 stolen bases in 570 at-bats. McCutchen is now 24 years old, and in his second full season in the majors. So far he has been spectacular. Heading in to the All-Star break, the young center fielder has a .291/.389/.491 line with 12 homers and 15 stolen bases in 320 at-bats. He's a strong bet to finish with 25 homers and 30 stolen bases. That hasn't been done since Barry Bonds hit 34 homers and stole 39 bases in 1992.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.