Andrew McCutchen is the favorite for the NL MVP award this year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Most recaps this year will involve many players. Some will involve only one player at the major league level, but will look at other players for the future. When it comes to center field, there is only one player to focus on from the present to the future. That's Andrew McCutchen, who looked like an MVP in 2013, and is under team control through the 2018 season.
In 2012, McCutchen had an amazing season, putting up a 6.8 WAR. Many expected those numbers to be unsustainable in 2013. Instead, McCutchen was more valuable in 2013, with an 8.2 WAR. That was the best mark in the National League and the second best in baseball. His .911 OPS was ranked 10th in all of baseball, and sixth of all qualified players in the National League. He was one of eight players in baseball with 20+ home runs and 20+ stolen bases this year.
McCutchen was a true MVP candidate this year, and will likely win the a...
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