"One of the beautiful things about baseball is that every once in a while you come into a situation where you want to, and where you have to, reach down and prove something."

—Nolan Ryan

McCutchen looks to shine after filling in for Nate McLouth.

Andrew McCutchen: 22 years old. Right now, as I was typing this article, it is 7:55 PM and guess who is at bat? The kid named Andrew McCutchen. As I look at IndyIndians.com, he is named the May Player of the Month.

I can see why:

First in MiLB in triples (eight) and runs (39). Fifth in hits (57) and total bases (94).

McCutchen was the star of the 11-6 win over the New York Mets. He was the star of the Indianapolis Indians and now he is bringing towards the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are so close to getting at .500 as they are now at a 25-28 record.

He was the eleventh overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, and I never saw him play with the Pirates. As I was reading the ESPN Magazine Story about the Pirates, they talked about McCutchen and why won't Pittsburgh use him.

I still think they can. Before McCutchen entered his debut on June 4th, he was a star with the Triple-A squad of the Indianapolis Indians, who of course, are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As a star with the Indians of the MiLB, can he pass it on with the Pirates?

He had 25 career homers with the Indians in three seasons. Now he has moved up, trying to earn the spotlight with the Pirates, along with Adam and Andy LaRoche. Now he can and has already made a name for himself with the Pirates, and it is already in his debut.

The Pirates have constantly been trying to look for players to help their squad. Remember Derek Lee? We know how much of a disaster that was. The Pirates have players that no one would think would be great.

The Pirates have also signed two pitchers from India that look to be stars. India! Now I am Indian and have been to India many times, you don't see MLB pitchers that are Indians.

But back to McCutchen.

McCutchen finally got his change up to the Majors, doing what he did in the MiLB, he looked do it here in the MLB. In just four years, he had 43 career homers in his MiLB career. He could do it here, but with more homers.

This was McCutchen's performance in his debut on June 4th:

Two singles, one RBI, and one stolen base in four tries at bat.

That is actually pretty solid for a guy in a debut. Don't you think? I think so. MLB.com calls it "dazzling." The Pirates tried to find many ways to become successful, and have found it.

Andrew McCutchen looks to be a star with the Pirates for years to come.

With Nate McLouth gone, what other choice do the Pirates have. Andrew McCutchen can be the future. He could be better than McLouth could ever be.

It could be one the best stories in baseball: Andrew McCutchen.

Andrew McCutchen: the future of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Could it actually be?

"Baseball is made up of very few big and dramatic moments, but rather it's a beautifully put together pattern of countless little subtleties that finally add up to the big moment, and you have to be well-versed in the game to truly appreciate them."

—Paul Richards


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