Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced today that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove among National League Center Fielders. McCutchen beat out Atlanta’s Michael Bourn and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs for the award.
McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a 135-game errorless streak and led all National League outfielders in fielding percentage (.997), making just one error in 371 total chances. McCutchen was ranked second among all N.L. outfielders, and led center fielders, in starts (156) and innings played (1364.0) while ranking third in total chances.
“It’s a tremendous honor to win an award like this,” said McCutchen. “To look and see your name with guys like Roberto Clemente, Andy Van Slyke and Bill Mazeroski, it’s pretty special.”
McCutchen is the first Pittsburgh player to receive a Gold Glove award since Nate McLouth in 2008 and the seventh outfielder overall, joining Roberto Clemente (1961-1972), Bill Virdon (1962), Dave Parker (1977-79), Andy Van Slyke (1988-1992), Barry Bonds (1990-92) and McLouth. The Pirates have now had 16 Gold Glove Players in team history.