McCutchen Named Indy Player Of The Month

Andrew McCutchen

Outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been named Indianapolis Indians Player of the Month for May. He will receive a custom-made watch -- courtesy of Windsor Jewelers -- before Friday night's game against Lehigh Valley.

McCutchen hit .304 with two home runs and 10 RBI during the season's second month. The 21-year-old recorded eight multi-hit performances and three multi-run efforts.

McCutchen ranked second in all of Triple-A Baseball with 12 stolen bases in May. He also tallied a .411 slugging percentage and .391 on-base percentage during the stretch.

"Andrew's energy and versatility has been a key component for our ball club," Indians Manager Trent Jewett says. "He has hit first, second, and third in the line-up, and fit well in all three places.

"Andrew's teammates appreciate the way he plays the game. He has shown the ability to drive in and score runs. Plus, he's been able to grow in the outfield and improve his baserunning."

McCutchen owns a .282 BA with seven roundtrippers and 24 RBI through 58 affairs this season. He is batting .279 with two dingers and three RBI against left-handed pitchers and .283 with five long balls and 21 RBI vs. right-handed hurlers.

"Andrew is a very patient hitter," Jewett adds. "His pitch recognition has become excellent, and he has begun to see the ball very early out of the pitcher's hand. For a player with his amount of power, Andrew's strikeout-to-walk ratio is impressive."

Heading into 2008, McCutchen was ranked by Scout.com as the Pirates' No. 1 prospect and by MLB.com as the eighth-best prospect in all of Minor League Baseball. McCutchen has been ranked as the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in the Pittsburgh organization every year since he was taken in first round of the 2005 draft.

The 2006 Pirates Minor League Player of the Year hit .709 with eight doubles, three triples, 16 HR and 42 RBI in 2005 as senior at Fort Meade (Fla.) High School.

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