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Speed is the best tool currently possessed by Andrew McCutchen
Andrew McCutchen comes in at number five of the Pirates' best five-tool players of all time.
Some of you may be wondering how on earth McCutchen is ahead of a hall-of-famer like Willie Stargell when he's only been in the big leagues two and a half seasons and has yet to hit his stride.
It's pretty simple; the formula. Stargell was very average across the board aside from his popularity and massive power that he displayed. McCutchen, on the other hand, is average or slightly above average in all facets of the game, excluding his impressive speed.
Below are the grades and short description of McCutchen's tools.
Arm: 3—McCutchen has solid arm strength, above average at best, with the ability to improve. In his two and a half seasons he has been among the leaders at his position in assists with 27 over that period of time.
Glove: 4—McCutchen has a very good glove, but defensive metrics (not very reliable) have not been so kind to McCutchen, as they suggest he's in the bottom third defensively at center field. His .987 career fielding percentage seems to suggest that he is very solid.
Contact: 3—McCutchen is a career .276 hitter which isn't good but isn't bad either, especially at this stage of his career. He still has time to develop, and he has tremendous bat speed which helps him make very good contact with the ball.
Power: 3—McCutchen's power numbers have steadily improved in his two and a half seasons in the bigs. In 2009 he hit 12 homers in just over half a season, then upped that total to 16 in 2010 and finally 23 in 2011. Could he be a perennial 30-home run guy? Only time will tell, but even 25 a season would be a great place for him to be at.
Speed: 5 - Speed is McCutchen's best tool as he can use it anywhere on the field. He covers a lot of ground in the outfield, and can turn up the jets on the base paths. He has 19 triples in his career and 78 stolen bases.
Total score: 18 out of 25