McCutchen finished eighth among Triple-A hitters with 34 stolen bases, though he also led that group by being caught 19 times. He finished extremely strong, hitting .324 with a .415 OBP and seven steals in August.
Scouting report: He's a five-tool player with terrific athletic ability to go along with plus bat speed and good pitch recognition. The development of his power will determine whether he's a leadoff hitter or an eventual run producer. He has outstanding speed and is an excellent defensive center fielder, but is still learning the nuances of base-stealing.
Upside potential: Everyday center fielder and impact player in the big leagues.
They said it: "Andrew more than held his own at Triple-A for being the youngest player on the field most nights. He controlled the strike zone, improved defensively and made some strides in other areas of the game. His athleticism allows him to be very good, but he's challenged himself to be better than that by improving at the little things. We're excited about his future in Pittsburgh." -- Pirates Farm Director Kyle Stark
He said it: "I'm not satisfied with it, but I'm pleased with it. I know I can improve, and I know I can do better. I just need to crisp it up a little more and be ready." -- McCutchen on his 2008 season