Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Top Prospect Pirates

Andrew McCutchen

Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Date of Birth: 10/10/86
School: Fort Meade (FL)

Speedy, athletic centerfield prospect that is more than just a speed merchant. Shows the ability to hit the balls to all fields, with surprising power, and he makes very good contact, and has proven to do so against some of the best pitchers in the nation. He is a terror on the basepaths, with incredible range in CF. A great overall athlete, he also stared in football & track. Far from just a raw athlete, McCutchen shows great plate coverage, outstanding bat speed and an advanced knowledge of hitting.

Batting: McCutchen has the potential to win a batting title someday. He has almost every good trait you would want froma hitter. He has a good eye, maskes good contact, can often go the opposite way, good bat speed, and actually has some nice raw power for a kid his size. He showed his hitting ability as he posted over a 300 batting average in AA as a 19 year old.

Speed: McCutchen has very good speed. He is a threat on the base paths but would benefit from some refinement on how he goes about stealing bases. Look for him to be able to steal 30 plus bags during his career.

Defense: McCutchen is a very good centerfielder who has good instincts and speed to track balls down. He also has a decent arm and could potentially win a gold glove someday.

Projection: McCutchen projects to be a top hitter and be a good, if not great, ball player in years to come.

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