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Andrew McCutchen

McCutchen stepping up to the plate
Pittsburgh Pirates — No. 22
Outfielder
Born: October 10, 1986 (1986-10-10) (age 23)
Fort Meade, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 4, 2009 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Batting average     .286
Home runs     12
Runs batted in     54
Stolen bases     22
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Stefan McCutchen (born October 10, 1986 in Fort Meade, Florida) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Early years

During McCutchen's senior year at Fort Meade High School in 2004 he batted .474 with 8 Home runs, 40 RBI, 45 stolen bases, and only 5 strikeouts. He also played football and ran track.

Professional career

McCutchen, who had signed with the University of Florida, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates 11th overall in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft and signed with the Pirates instead of going to Florida. He started for the South Atlantic League's All-Star team in 2006, his first full season as a professional.[1] At the end of that year, the Pirates named him the organization's Minor League Player of the Year.[2]

On June 3, 2009 after the Pirates traded Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves, McCutchen was called up to the majors for the first time. He made his debut the next day, playing center field and batting leadoff against the New York Mets. He singled in his first career at-bat off of Mike Pelfrey. He ended the day with two singles, an RBI, and a stolen base in four at bats. [3]

On June 17, 2009 McCutchen hit his first career home run off of Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins. On June 25, 2009 he hit his first career walk-off hit off Cleveland Indians pitcher Matt Herges. On August 1, 2009, against the Washington Nationals he went four for five with three home runs and six RBI. He became the 10th Pirates player ever to hit three home runs in a single game, and the first one to do it during his rookie year.[4] He hit his first walk-off home run off of Brad Lidge of the Philadelphia Phillies on August 25, 2009.

He finished his rookie season with a .286 batting average, 12 home runs, 54 runs batted in, and 22 stolen bases in 108 games.

McCutchen was named the Baseball America Rookie of the Year for 2009 on October 16, 2009.[5] He finished fourth in the voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.[6]

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