By John Perrotto
The Tampa Bay Rays called up left-hander David Price from Class AAA Durham last week and the Baltimore Orioles recalled catcher Matt Wieters from Class AAA Norfolk.
However, don’t look for the Pirates to follow suit and call up their best prospect at Class AAA Indianapolis, center fielder Andrew McCutchen, anytime soon.
The Pirates, for now, are set in the outfield with Nyjer Morgan in left field, Nate McLouth in center and Brandon Moss in right.
“It would make no sense to call Andrew up now because there isn’t a vacancy,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “Nyjer and Nate have played really well and Brandon has shown good signs in the last few weeks. It wouldn’t be fair to move one of those guys to bench and it certainly wouldn’t serve Andrew’s development any purpose to call him up and have him be a backup.”
Thus, the 22-year-old McCutchen will stay at Indianapolis for now and possibly all the way through Labor Day when the International League season ends.
However, the Pirates are quite satisfied with the progress McCutchen is making in his second season with Indianapolis as he entered the week hitting .295 with four home runs, 20 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 47 games along with a .352 on base percentage and a .495 slugging percentage.
Last season, McCutchen hit .283 with nine homers, 50 RBIs and 34 steals in 135 games along with a .372 on base percentage and a .398 slugging percentage.
While the Pirates would like to see McCutchen get his OBP back up to last year’s level, they are happy with his improvement in other areas.
“We wanted to see Andrew make some strides in areas like the routes he takes to fly balls and has base running, and he’s done that,” Huntington said. “He still has some areas he can improve upon but we like the way his overall game is progressing and feel he has benefitted from another season at Class AAA.”