Pirates stick to plan in demoting top prospect Andrew McCutchen


By John Perrotto_Nyjer Morgan hasn‚Äôt exactly won the Pirates‚Äô starting left field job this spring. However, the Pirates said before spring training began that left field was Morgan‚Äôs to lose and he didn‚Äôt. The Pirates reassigned top outfield prospect Andrew McCutchen to their minor-league camp Monday, ensuring that Morgan will be their leadoff hitter in next Monday‚Äôs opener at St. Louis. Morgan went into Monday‚Äôs exhibition game against the Cincinnati Reds hitting .203 with a .250 on base percentage in 76 plate appearances this spring. McCutchen, meanwhile, hit .318 with 10 extra-base hits and a .423 OBP in 78 plate appearances. However, the Pirates decided the 28-year-old Morgan is the better fit now than the 22-year-old McCutchen, who will go back to Class AAA Indianapolis for a second season despite Baseball America ranking him as the International League‚Äôs No. 2 prospect last year. ‚ÄúYou have to be careful not toRead More »