FFTF Pirates Player of the Month: August 2013


For the month of August, we would like to recognize Andrew McCutchen as the From Forbes to Federal “Player of the Month.”

Andrew McCutchen august

We gave him the same honor last month, when he hit .327/.402/.592. Cutch went even further in August, posting a triple-slash line of .384/.483/.535. He hit five doubles, two triples, two homers, and knocked in 15 runs.

His season stat line now looks like this: .317/.394/.502, 17 HR, 74 RBI, 149 wRC+, 6.4 WAR.

McCutchen’s 6.4 WAR ranks first among all National League position players. With one month left to play in the regular season, Cutch has a legitimate shot to win the NL MVP award.

Honorable mention: Jose Tabata has played a lot better recently; he hit .310 with an .851 OPS in August. Neil Walker also produced more at the plate, hitting .305 with 11 extra-base hits. On the pitching-side of things, Mark Melancon was solid as usual. Vin Mazzaro, an unsung hero out of the ‘pen, held opponents to one run over 15.1 innings. The southpaws in the Shark Tank were also impressive – Tony Watson (1.46 ERA) & Justin Wilson (1.69 ERA). You have to tip your cap to Charlie Morton, who went 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in six outings. After a lousy start on August 1st, Morton allowed two runs or less in his next five starts.

Previous Editions:
April – Starling Marte
May – Jeff Locke
June – Pedro Alvarez

July – Andrew McCutchen 

Top Ten Pirates of the PNC Park Era: #2 Andrew McCutchen


2009 22 108 124 12 54 22 .286 .365 .471 .836
2010 23 154 163 16 56 33 .286 .365 .449 .814
2011 24 158 148 23 89 23 .259 .364 .456 .820
2012 25 157 194 31 96 20 .327 .400 .553 .953
4 Yrs 577 629 82 295 98 .290 .374 .484 .858
Andrew McCutchen took over centerfield at PNC Park in 2009 after Nate McLouth was traded, and fans weren’t happy at first.  Cutch debuted with an impressive showing against the Mets, and hasn’t looked back since.  In 2010, his first full season, he put up impressive numbers but was the lone bright spot on a terrible team.  The Bucs took off in 2011, led by Cutch, who may have become too fatigued and put too much pressure on himself as the team faded down the stretch.  After ending the first month of the 2012 season without a home run, Cutch went off.  He flirted with a .400 average and was the clear MVP winner as the team soared to the league-best record in July.  Unfortunately, that .380+ average slowly dropped as August began and the team collapsed as Cutch cooled off.  But what’s most impressive about his numbers from last season is that he did it all while having down months in April, August, and September.  Still, he picked up a Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove, which won’t be the last awards he’ll win in his career.  Even with his electrifying defense and pop at the plate, he still has room to improve.  Luckily, Cutch is locked up through at least 2018 and when this franchise finally gets turned around, he’ll be right in the middle of everything.  Within the next few years, he could very well move into the #1 spot in this top ten.

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