Nate McLouth: Diamond In The Rough

Ty JacksonContributor IJanuary 5, 2009

The Pittsburgh Pirates. 67-95 in the NL Central. Last place. Things have been dismal for the last place Bucs. But, there is a bright future.

Nate McLouth is arguably the best Pirates hitter after Jason Bay was traded mid-season in 2008. He hits for power, with 26 home runs. He is fast, boasting 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts. He is even a great fielder, earning his first gold glove in 2008, which proved to be his best year yet. He was sent to represent the Pirates in the 2008 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. His clutch assist proved vital to keep his team in the game. Although the National League lost, Nate came away a winner.

In 41 games, Nate hit five homeruns in 2005 for the Pirates. In 2006 he made the team for the first time out of  a stellar spring training. Since then his average has improved about .02 points per season. In 2008 he had a career year hitting .276. At 27 Nate will only improve. In years to come one could see Nate as a mainstay at the All-Star game.