Andrew McCutchen Named National League Player of the Month for June

Major League Baseball named Andrew McCutchen the National League Player of the Month for June. It is the fifth time in his career he has been named the NL Player of the Month and the third time it has happened in June. He also won twice in 2012(June, July), once in June 2014 and again in August 2015. That 2015 award was the last one for a player from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

McCutchen hit .411/.505/.689 in 26 games last month. He had five doubles, one triple and six homers, with 22 runs scored, while driving in 23 runs. He came into the month with a .223/.301/.404 slash line in his first 54 games of the season and finished with a .283/.369/.495 line. His .866 OPS is 49 points higher than the second best on the team.. McCutchen reached base safely in 24 of 26 games last month.

  • Michael Sankovich
    July 3, 2017 4:11 pm

    I’d hate to see him be traded, but probably for the best in the long term. Package him with Cole, and send to Dodgers for a combination of current major leaguers and some of their top prospects.

  • Stay or go? If he stays, the Bucs will have to pay. Sell high? Hope it’s not to an NL team. Lots of AL teams would love to have his production, I’m sure. But, who can/will pay? The heart says he should stay. He’s a class act and has been the face of The Pirates through the lean years. The head says sell high. This is a business.

    • I’m for keeping him. I just question like you say what they put around him besides a steadying rotation and an ok offense – it would be a hope Bell finds the next gear and Polanco/Meadows finds a winner and quick. With the bullpen I have no idea how that gets fixed considering the nats Texas were willing to spend and couldn’t get anywhere. I’m like everyone else and want to keep Cutch especially now that it looks like he has a bunch in the tank but it may be the ultimate sell high moments for JHay Cutch and Cole there will need to be numerous multi year of control relievers in exchange at least one at level of Betances. The pirates best chance of winning with Cutch might be doing a rebuild now and trying to bring him back in ’19 after a lot gets worked out.

    • I hope the Pirates make an earnest effort to keep him. Since it’s unlikely he will receive a long-term contract offer, he may agree to something like 4/$80mm with a 5th year option.

      Given the state of pitching in the system, I’d be more inclined to trade away Cole to get an impact bat or two in the system, rather than Cutch.

  • I was at the first game he batted 6th. I remember almost not being able to watch him hit it was so painful to see him struggling so badly at that point of the season. I started believing he was again prematurely, etc. Who would have imagined Player of the Month for June at that point in time. Glad to see he’s back and even if this is nearing the end of his Pirates career, at least we’ve gotten to see him play like this. Defensively he’s improved, and his base running has looked better too! Go Cutch, keep it up!

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    Pirates Player of the Month history:

    ✅ @TheCUTCH22 5x
    ✅ Bonilla & Bonds 4x
    ✅ Stargell & Clemente 3x

  • Despite his second highest OPS in a month for his career, we only went 13-13 in June. Doesn’t bode well, does it?

    • Not at all. But the rotation is shaping up, especially Trevor Williams. The offense is reasonable. Bullpen has been putrid, can’t remember the last time Pirates’ bullpen has been this bad. Adding now might be too late unfortunately.