PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen has been named 2009 Major League Rookie of the Year by Baseball America. The current edition of the publication features McCutchen on the cover and is available now.


McCutchen, 23, hit .286 with 26 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 54 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 108 games with Pittsburgh after joining the club June 4. He led all National League rookies with 47 extra-base hits and ranked second among N.L. rookies in multi-hit games (36), runs, walks and total bases (204).

In addition, he ranked third in RBI, third in stolen bases, third in slugging percentage (.471), third in doubles, fifth in batting and fourth in on-base percentage among N.L. rookies.

Pittsburgh’s first-round selection (11th pick overall) in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, McCutchen led off all 108 games he played and ranked third among N.L. leadoff hitters in RBI and fifth in slugging percentage. He also ranked third among N.L. leadoff hitters in home runs behind Jimmy Rollins (18) and Alfonso Soriano (14).

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