Andrew McCutchen was called up to the major leagues yesterday by the Pirates to replace the freshly traded Nate McLouth, in a case of a team trading its best player and replacing him with its best prospect.
McLouth’s debut in Atlanta isn’t underway yet, but McCutchen got his first start for the Bucs today, leading off and playing centerfield. In his first at-bat, he singled and scored the first run of the game. His third time up, he walked and later scored. His fifth time up, he drove in a run with a single, stole second, and scored on Nyjer Morgan’s triple.
To recap, a 22-year-old rookie making his debut managed to gather his first major league hit, run scored, walk, RBI, and stolen base. The RBI, for what it’s worth, was of the two-out variety, and he managed a multi-hit, multi-run game. Verrrrry impressive.
It wasn’t long ago that I talked about all the injuries the Mets are suffering and lamented the fact that they probably wouldn’t be at full strength when I go down there. Well, the trip is three weeks away, and it gets more exciting by the day. Wieters and Reimold in Baltimore, McCutchen in Pittsburgh. Three reasons to be very excited (not that I wasn’t already).