Wow that was a rough season for Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen in 2016. McCutchen’s customary slow start in April never really turned around for the better and there were a slew of statistical red flags that are concerning. Start with the stolen bases as McCutchen picked up just 6 steals last season and that total marked the fourth straight year he saw a decline there. Then there is the batting average as McCutchen hit a woeful. 256 which ended up being a career-low for the veteran. McCutchen also posted a K/9 rate in the 20’s for the first time in his career at 21.2. Yes there were some health problems that hampered McCutchen but his erosion in steals alone downgrades him from five-category classification. Now firmly in his prime at the age of 30, McCutchen no longer carries the flash he once did and he presents more risk than ever before. This could go either way in 2017 but the trends point to McCutchen being a step or two below his past first round value.
2017 PROJECTION: .288 23 HR 89 RBI 90 R 9 SB