The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that Andrew McCutchen was named the National League Player of the Week for the week of September 25 - October 1. This is the seventh time he has been named the NL Player of the Week and first time since August of 2015. He won twice in 2012, twice in 2014 and twice in 2015. McCutchen was named the NL Player of the Month back in June.

McCutchen hit .471/.526/1.000 in five games last week, with almost all of that damage coming during Tuesday's game when he went 4-for-4 with a single, double, two homers and drove in eight runs. That was one RBI short of the franchise record for a game. McCutchen finished the season yesterday with a .279/.363/.486 slash line in 156 games, with 94 runs scored, 30 doubles, 28 homers, 88 RBIs and 73 walks. Hi...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.