February 28, 2007

SKY, PIRATE:

The sky is the limit for Bucs' McCutchen (Dawn Klemish, 2/28/07, MLB.com)

As the youngest in an already baby-faced Pirates clubhouse, it'd surely be forgivable if Andrew McCutchen were a little timid. Instead of standing in the shadows, though, the 20-year-old is making leaps.

Excuse him if he's not playing scared any more, but the age gap is nothing new. In high school, McCutchen routinely played on the older travel baseball teams. Last year, he became the youngest ever to grace Double-A Altoona's lineup. And now, as McCutchen is rolling in his second year of big-league camp, Pirates player development director Brian Graham said the sky's the limit.

"We do anticipate [McCutchen] playing in Altoona, and it's just a matter of performing," said Graham. "We're not sending him there to work on jumps in the outfield or hitting breaking balls, we're sending him there to get experience and perform. His performance is going to dictate how fast he moves."

If the past is any indication of what's to come, there's already a buzz that McCutchen could receive a September callup to Pittsburgh.


Posted by Orrin Judd at February 28, 2007 8:44 AM
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