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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Outfield

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Outfield

It should be an interesting season for the Pirates outfield. At one position you have a perennial All-Star entering the prime of his career with the weight of a fan base on his shoulders. At another position you have a raw talent entering his first full major league season and a potential revolving door at the other outfield position.

Let's start with what we know:

Andrew McCutchen is coming off a career year.

Andrew McCutchen -- Center Field

It's no secret that McCutchen is the best player on the Pirates' roster, and it's not even close. He's 26, finished third in the National League Most Valuable Player voting last season and made his second consecutive All-Star team. It's easy to forget with all that he's done on the field for Pittsburgh, but McCutchen has only played four major league seasons. Last season he posted a career-high .328 batting average, had and OPS of .953, and topped 30 home runs for the first time. He's below-average defensively (despite winning a Gold G...

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