Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was named the National League MVP in voting results announced Thursday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. McCutchen had 28 of a possible 30 first-place votes to win the NL award by a large margin.
McCutchen was the Pirates first-round draft pick in 2005 and began the season with the GCL Pirates before being promoted to Williamsport for the final two weeks of the campaign.
The highly-heralded pick hit safely in his first 7 games as a Cutter going 13-for-49 (.448) during that streak. Overall, he hit .346 in 13 games with Williamsport with 5 RBI's and 4 stolen bases.
Crosscutters Vice President/General Manager Doug Estes said, "We are proud to count Cutch as part of the Cutters family and the first former Crosscutter to win the MVP Award. From the day he was drafted there was never a doubt he'd have great success."
After making his way through the Pirates system, he made his Major League debut with Pittsburgh in June of 2009. In addition to his MVP Award, he is also a former Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award winner and a 3-time NL All-Star.
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