McCutchen, Walker rank in ‘Top 10 Right Now’

MLB Network ranked Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen in the “Top 10 Right Now” for their respective positions.

Walker was named the 7th best second baseman in Major League Baseball. It’s good to see “The Pittsburgh Kid” getting some recognition. MLB “expert” Harold Reynolds was all over Neil, saying that he wouldn’t even place him in the top ten. However, MLB Network’s “Shredder” felt otherwise, so Walker gets a spot. A look at his offensive career to date:

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 23 PIT 17 36 5 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 11 .194 .275 .222 .497
2010 24 PIT 110 426 57 126 29 3 12 66 2 3 34 83 .296 .349 .462 .811
2011 25 PIT 159 596 76 163 36 4 12 83 9 6 54 112 .273 .334 .408 .742
2012 26 PIT 129 472 62 132 27 0 14 69 7 5 47 104 .280 .342 .426 .768
4 Yrs 415 1530 200 428 93 7 38 218 19 14 139 310 .280 .339 .424 .763
162 Game Avg. 162 597 78 167 36 3 15 85 7 5 54 121 .280 .339 .424 .763

The rest of the second base top 10 balanced out like this:

10. Daniel Murphy

9. Jason Kipnis

8. Howard Kendrick

7. Walker

6. Dan Uggla

5. Brandon Phillips

4. Ian Kinsler

3. Chase Utley

2. Dustin Pedroia

1. Robinson Cano

Andrew McCutchen continues to rack up honors, as MLBN ranked him as the 2nd best center fielder in baseball. Bill James actually rated him #1 on his own list. It was announced earlier Friday that Cutch will be the cover athlete for MLB 13 The Show. A look at his impressive offensive stats:

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2009 22 PIT 108 433 74 124 26 9 12 54 22 5 54 83 .286 .365 .471 .836
2010 23 PIT 154 570 94 163 35 5 16 56 33 10 70 89 .286 .365 .449 .814
2011 24 PIT 158 572 87 148 34 5 23 89 23 10 89 126 .259 .364 .456 .820
2012 25 PIT 157 593 107 194 29 6 31 96 20 12 70 132 .327 .400 .553 .953
4 Yrs 577 2168 362 629 124 25 82 295 98 37 283 430 .290 .374 .484 .858
162 Game Avg. 162 609 102 177 35 7 23 83 28 10 79 121 .290 .374 .484 .858

The rest of the top ten for center fielders:

10. Michael Bourn

9. Adam Jones

8. Jon Jay

7. Curtis Granderson

6. Shin-Soo Choo

5. Jacoby Ellsbury

4. Austin Jackson

3. Matt Kemp

2. McCutchen

1. Mike Trout

Go Bucs

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