McCutchen labeled 2011′s breakout star
Andrew McCutchen was named 2011′s Biggest Breakout star by Sports Illustrated.
“When searching for baseball’s next breakout star, it’s best to begin by looking for someone with a unique blend of speed, power and athleticism, a rare five-tool player.”
Sports Illustrated calls Andrew McCutchen “a dark horse candidate for National League MVP honors.”
In 262 career games played he has a .286 AVG with 29 home runs, 110 RBI and 55 stolen bases.
“I grew up watching Ken Griffey Jr.,” says McCutchen. “He was a guy that I really loved to watch because of all the things that he could do — he was a very exciting player. I believe that I can be, and I believe I am, that exciting player just like he is that can bring a lot to the table.”
Although he has a long way to go to reach Griffey stats, the article points on the similarities: both were first-round picks, and have similar stats in their second year of major league baseball. (McCutchen: 154 games, .286 AVG, 16 home runs, 55 RBI, 33 stolen bases and 94 runs scored. Griffey: 155 games, .300 AVG, 22 home runs, 80 RBI, 16 stolen bases and 91 runs scored)
“I’m just gonna keep preparing to get myself to be an elite player,” says McCutchen. “With me, anything is possible.