The 2009 National League Rookie of the Year has made the Buccos relevant again despite wrapping up their 20th consecutive losing season just last week.
Since his emergence as a primarily defensive option with unpolished offensive skills, the All-Star center fielder has developed into one of baseball's most complete players.
Consistent improvement each and every every season has made Andrew McCutchen's ceiling virtually limitless.
And his impact on the team is noticeable.
Certainly the increase can be attributed to many, but McCutchen's addition to the Pirates lineup has significantly contributed to a 17-win improvement from the year that he entered the league.
Pittsburgh failed to finish above .500 again in 2012. But their 25-year-old starting center fielder gave fans reason to believe the end is near.
Here are four solid reasons that Andrew McCutchen will continue to get better—