McCutchen living up to the hype

Andrew McCutchen has certainly started out very well - as he was expected to do.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - He's the primary reason the Pittsburgh Pirates management had the flexibility to send 2008 All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth to Atlanta. He's also one of the few bright spots for the 33-39 last- place Pirates. He is centerfielder Andrew McCutchen.

The right-handed hitter came up from AAA Indianapolis 20 games ago and slid directly into the leadoff role. He's batting .330 with 14 runs, 18 RBIs and three stolen bases in his first 91 at-bats. Extrapolated for a 162-game season would be a very impressive 113 runs, 243 hits, 145 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.

His great play has taken some, but not all, of the pressure off management for trading McLouth.

Obviously, there will be a slump or slumps along the way to bring those numbers back to reality, but McCutchen has certainly started out very well - as he was expected to do.

The 2009 Minor League Baseball Analyst says this about McCutchen: "Wiry athlete with superior leadoff skills, possessing plus speed, contact ability and plate discipline."

And here's the good news - McCutchen is not on many fantasy rosters. He's only owned in 32% of all leagues, so he'll cost you very little to pick up. It would be particularly smart to grab him in keeper leagues as he is only 22-years-old.

2009 Andrew McCutchen Statistics
Team AB H R HR RBI SB AVE SLG OPS
Indianapolis 201 61 41 4 2 10 0.303 0.493 0.853
Pittsburgh 91 30 14 1 18 3 0.330 0.516 0.887
Total 292 91 55 5 38 13 0.311 0.500 0.863


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