While there are numerous scouting reports available on minor league baseball players, very few scouting reports are customized to fantasy baseball standards. So with that in mind, here is a fantasy baseball scouting report on Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Andrew McCutchen.
Player Profile – Andrew McCutchen:
Born: October 10, 1986
Draft: 2005 – 1st Round Pittsburgh Pirates
Minor League Profile:
McCutchen was the 1st round draft pick (#11 overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005, and has spent time playing at Triple-A in 2007, and again at Triple-A for the entire 2008 season. With 579 at bats in Triple-A during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, McCutchen has posted 82 runs scored, 30 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homeruns, 55 rbi, 38 stolen bases, and a .287 batting average. The only downfall for Andrew McCutchen during his minor league career has been his susceptibility to getting caught stealing, as he was caught 19 times during the 2008 season alone. Yet with experience, McCutchen should hone his stolen base ability to the point where he is a reliable 35 plus stolen base per year player in the majors.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook:
At just age 22 for the 2009 season, Andrew McCutchen has begun the 2009 season at Triple-A for the Pirates. However given the fact that the Pirates are in a rebuilding mode for the 2009 season, and that this will be McCutchen’s third year at Triple-A, there really does not seem to be much that he has to prove at the minor league level at this point.
As a fantasy baseball player, Andrew McCutchen is a clear cut five-tool prospect. McCutchen’s best asset is his speed, which translates into him playing exceptional defense as a centerfielder, as well as having the potential to be a perennial 40 plus stolen base guy in the majors. During his prime years, Andrew McCutchen should settle in as a premiere leadoff hitter with above average power. Expecting McCutchen to be an everyday player in the major leagues by the start of the 2010 season is reasonable.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Andrew McCutchen is worthy of a top 5 outfielder prospect ranking entering the 2009 season. McCutchen’s keeper league value is in the same ranking tier as Dexter Fowler, Matt LaPorta, Colby Rasmus, Travis Snider and Cameron Maybin. Andrew McCutchen’s long term potential has him looking like an excellent leadoff hitter with above average power potential. The combination of 40 stolen bases and 20 homeruns is probable for Andrew McCutchen during his prime.
A June call-up is likely for Andrew McCutchen in 2009, and at the very least he is nearly a sure bet to be called up just after the All-Star break, as the Pirates will likely to be out of playoff contention. For fantasy baseball teams in one year leagues, McCutchen is a guy to keep on your watch list and simply wait for his call-up. Once he is called up, McCutchen would be an excellent add to any fantasy team looking for stolen bases.
Overall, the fantasy baseball outlook for Andrew McCutchen in 2009 could resemble 20 stolen bases, 50 runs scored, 30 rbi, 5 triples, and a batting average around .280.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the low end: 150 at bats, 20 runs scored, 3 homeruns, 20 rbi, 10 stolen bases, .265 batting average
On the high end: 325 at bats, 50 runs scored, 8 homeruns, 30 rbi, 20 stolen bases, .280 batting average