Saturday, February 17, 2007
"Athleticism, polish combine in exciting package". Those words graced the headline of the newest Baseball America's Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect list. This player, Andrew McCutchen, is only 20 years old and already has risen to the top of the Pirates prospect list, and is most likely going to see some Major League talent in early to mid September. When he was drafted, barely in 2005, the Pirates had no clue how fast this young center fielder would improve and mature. Andrew hit .291 with 14 HR's and 22 SB's in 2006 with the low A Hickory team. He then got the transfer to AA Altoona and hit .308 in 78 AB's. McCutchen will most likely start the year in AA and leadoff for the club. Baseball America also says that Andrew has "gold glove potential", meaning that Andrew is a 5-tool player. He is already getting compared to the likes of Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano. In my opinion, I think Andrew is slightly less in the power category, but more in the speed category. Hopefully McCutchen will prosper and be a great centerfielder with the revamped Pittsburgh Pirates who added first-baseman Adam LaRoche also in the off season.