McCutchen, Alvarez win Silver Slugger Awards

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On Monday, he won the Players Choice “NL Outstanding Player” award. Last night, he was named a finalist for NL MVP. Tonight, he won the Silver Slugger.

Much deserved, Andrew McCutchen continues to rack up the honors. He hit .317/.404/.508 in 157 games this year, making his third All-Star team and leading the Pirates to the postseason. This is his second year in a row winning the Silver Slugger.

But Cutch wasn’t the only Bucco getting some hardware on Wednesday night: third baseman Pedro Alvarez also took home a Silver Slugger. He may have led the NL in strikeouts (186), but he also led in home runs (36). El Toro drove in 100 runs over 152 games.

Great to see Cutch and Pedro getting recognized for their success in the Pirates’ storybook season. Even more awards are on the way.

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144 days until Opening Day.

Go Bucs

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

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Year Age G H HR RBI SB BA OBP SLG OPS
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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