Outfielder On The Rise: Andrew McCutchen

Max GrossCorrespondent IFebruary 27, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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         Not a lot is expected of the Pittsburgh Pirates this year or any year for that matter, but Andrew McCutchen could a bright spot on a team that has been stuck in the dark for so long. Finishing 4th in Rookie of the Year voting behind Marlins OF Chris Coghlan, J.A. Happ and Tommy Hanson. McCutchen looks to have a strong first full season.

          In 108 games last season McCutchen hit 12 HR including 3 in one game last summer. McCutchen also had 54 RBI's and 22 SB to go along with his .286 AVG. McCutchen was second on the team in AVG. behind fellow rookie slugger Garrett Jones who hit a team leading 21 HR in only 82 games. Also in his short season, cutch led the team in SB and Walks and finished only 6 TB behind Andy Laroche in that category.

          Hitting isn't everything, McCutchen only had 2 errors in almost 1,000 innings, equaling a fielding percentage at a team high .993. McCutchen totaled 10 outfield assists showing that he has an arm to go along with a glove, speed, power and average. How many tools is that? 5 McCutchen is the best emerging five tool player in baseball right now.

         Compare this Ken Griffey Jr.'s first season:16 HR 61 RBI's .264 avg. and 16 SB. It looks pretty similar to McCuthen's rookie numbers. How about another Hall of Famer, Mr. Henry Aaron: 13 HR 69 RBI's .280 avg. Does it look similar yet, how about former Pirate legend Roberto Clemente: 5 HR 47 RBI's and a .255 AVG.

         McCuthen's rookie season matches up pretty well with 3 other Hall of Fame outfielders first seasons. This kid is going to dominate the MLB if he can get out of the worst baseball town in the U.S.A. McCutchen definitely will be in contention for Cooperstown if continues to keep up with the legends.