Andrew McCutchen, Center Field, Pittsburgh Pirates, #22


Date of Birth: 10/10/1986
Birthplace: Fort Meade, Florida

Andrew McCutchen, center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was first drafted by the team in 2005. He played in the Pirates' minor league system from 2005 through part of 2009, finishing with a .286 batting average.

McCutchen played in 108 games with the Pirates in 2009. He batted .286 with 124 hits, 26 doubles, and 22 stolen bases. The next year, he had 163 hits, 35 doubles, a career high 33 stolen bases, and a .286 batting average in 154 games.

In March, 2012, McCutchen signed a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension with the Pirates. He had one of his best seasons in 2012, winning his first Silver Slugger award. He had career highs in hits (194), home runs (31), RBIs (96), and batting average (.327). He also won a Gold Glove that year, making 367 putouts and just 1 error with a .997 fielding percentage in 156 games in center field. He was named the National League's most outstanding player in 2012.

McCutchen won his second Silver Slugger award in 2013, as well as winning the NL's MVP award. He was again named the league's most outstanding player. He batted .317 with 185 hits, a career high 38 doubles, 21 home runs, 84 RBIs, and 27 stolen bases in 157 games.

McCutchen had another strong season in 2014 and he won his third consecutive Silver Slugger award. He finished the season with 172 hits, 38 doubles, 25 home runs, 18 stolen bases, 83 RBIs, and a .314 batting average in 146 games.

McCutchen had another strong season in 2015, winning his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger award. In 157 games, he batted .292 with 165 hits, 36 doubles, 23 home runs, and a career high 96 RBIs. As a center fielder, he made 301 putouts and 2 errors in 152 games. In the postseason Wild Card game, he had two hits in four at-bats.

On October 30, 2015, McCutchen received the Roberto Clemente award.

In 2016, McCutchen batted a career low .256, with 153 hits, 26 doubles, 24 home runs, and 79 RBIs in 153 games. Defensively, as the Pirates' center fielder in 151 games, he made 317 putouts and 3 errors.

McCutchen had a better year in 2017, batting .279 in 156 games. He finished with 159 hits, 30 doubles, 28 home runs, 88 RBIs, and 116 strikeouts to 73 walks. Defensively, as the Pirates' center fielder in 139 games, he made 270 putouts and 4 errors.

Statistics for McCutchen in nine seasons (2009-2017) in the major leagues include:

  • 7 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 194 in 2012
  • 6 seasons with 30 or more doubles, with a high of 38 in 2013 and 2014
  • 7 seasons with over 20 home runs, with a high of 31 in 2012
  • 5 seasons with 20 or more stolen bases, with a high of 33 in 2010
  • 3 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .327 in 2012

Career batting statistics for McCutchen through 2017 include:

  • 1,346 games played
  • 1,463 hits
  • 292 doubles
  • 203 home runs
  • 171 stolen bases
  • 725 RBIs
  • 1,038 strikeouts to 685 walks
  • .291 batting average

Career fielding statistics for McCutchen as a center fielder through 2017 include:

  • 1,314 games played
  • 2,927 putouts
  • 36 errors
  • .988 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Andrew McCutchen
ESPN - Andrew McCutchen