Top Prospect #16: Andrew McCutchen

February 1, 2009

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NAME: Andrew McCutchen
POSITION: Center Field
AGE: 22 | BATS: R | THROWS: R
ORGANIZATION: Pittsburgh Pirates

2008 STATISTICS
LVL AVG R HR RBI OBP SLG
MiLB .283 75 9 50 .372 .398

Scouting Report: McCutchen is an exciting five tool player who has been unfortunately rushed through the Pirates system. He hasn’t been able to fully develop at each level and instead of staying put and working on his skills, he has been pushed through. McCutchen has a great glove in center and despite his great defensive prowess, his impact bat may be his best skill. McCutchen has quick hands, strong wrists and a compact swing which produces a surprising amount of power for someone of his stature. He is a line drive hitter thanks to his quick bat speed and is able to hit consistently to all fields. His power hasn’t fully developed as expected, but that still has time to grow. Still learning to use his speed effectively on the bases but once he does, look out. Hopefully they give him a chance to slow things down and get his feet under him before it’s too late.

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist
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