Andrew McCutchen, the starting centerfielder for the Hickory Crawdads in 2006, was announced Thursday as the National League's Most Valuable Player.
Leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first playoff appearance since 2013, McCutchen received 28 of 30 first place votes and finished ahead of finalists Mike Goldschmidt of Arizona and Yadier Molina of St Louis.
McCutchen batted .317 with 21 homers and 84 RBI. He also stole 27 bases and scored 97 runs. Arguably, his best month came in August when he had a slash line of .384/ .483/ .535. He led the NL with an offensive WAR of 7.5.
McCutchen is the first former Crawdads player to win an MVP award.