McCutchen Invited To Triple-A All-Star Game

Indianapolis Indians outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been invited to the 2008 Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played on July 16 at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Ky.

The International League's top players will face the Pacific Coast League's best in the 21st annual contest, which will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EDT.

McCutchen's All-Star selection comes less than a week after he was picked to play in the Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Yankee Stadium in New York.

"This is another great honor for Andrew," Tribe Manager Trent Jewett says. "He has a lot of athletic ability, and the unusual combination of speed and power. Andrew is also very versatile. He's assumed several spots in our batting order, and he's played both center field and left field very well.

"It's a good feeling when you have a 21-year-old who can hold his own against experienced Triple-A players and former big leaguers. Andrew is the type of guy who will continue to grow and gain confidence as his career moves along."

McCutchen owns a .284 batting average, .419 slugging percentage, .366 on-base percentage, 49 runs, 19 doubles, eight homers, 33 RBI and 23 stolen bases through 82 Triple-A games. The 21-year-old continues to rank among International League leaders in runs, hits (91), games played, doubles and walks (37).

McCutchen recorded a career-best 27-game on-base streak (.309 BA, 34-for-110, 20 R, 14 RBI) from April 7-May 5 and a career-best 13-game hitting streak (19-for-54, 10 R, 8 RBI) from April 11-25.

A native of Fort Meade, Fla., McCutchen was recognized as the Tribe's May Player of the Month after registering a .304 BA, .411 SLG, .391 OBP, two HR, 10 RBI and 12 SB in 29 contests.

"Andrew has shown a lot of improvement in the past year," Jewett adds. "He continues to get better in crucial situations during the course of a game. His strike-zone discipline has improved, and he's doing a much better job of recognizing pitches. Andrew has a lot of potential and he's capable of reaching a very high level of success.

"Andrew is well respected and liked by his teammates. He has a lot of confidence, but at the same time his ego is in check. A lot of guys in Andrew's position turn people off, but his humble nature helps create good chemistry in the clubhouse."

McCutchen was ranked by Scout.com as the Pirates' No. 1 prospect in 2007 and 2008. He was named Pittsburgh's Best Minor League Athlete heading into 2007 and 2008, and the organization's Best Defensive Outfielder entering 2008.

McCutchen was recognized as the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year in 2006. He was taken by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2005 draft.

The Indians have now had nine players invited to the midsummer classic in four seasons as a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate. RHP Mark Corey, LHP Zach Duke, OF Nate McLouth and RHP Ian Snell were given the nod in 2005. LHP Tom Gorzelanny was honored in 2006, while INF Brian Bixler, RHP Bryan Bullington and UTIL Yurendell de Caster participated in 2007.

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