Jonah Keri, writing for Grantland, previews the 2012 Pirates. He’s not terribly hard on the Bucs (he notes, as I have, that there’s a lot of talent in the rotation but a huge bust potential as well), and he’s got a very positive outlook for Andrew McCutchen.
But in his three big league seasons, McCutchen has now posted impressive power (23 homers, .198 ISO last year), a solid contact rate (84.6 percent), and big walk totals (89) … just not all in the same season. He’s still just 25, and you can feel a consolidation season coming, where all of McCutchen’s offensive skills come together and he challenges for league MVP honors, his team’s record be damned.
Yes, sign me up for that, please.