The file on Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen hails from Florida
Born in Fort Meade, Florida, Andrew Stefan McCutchen was a star athlete for the Fort Meade High School baseball, football and track teams. Back in 2005, Baseball America offered this scouting report for McCutchen heading into the MLB Draft: "McCutchen has quick hands and a compact swing, producing surprising raw power for his size and giving him the bat speed to lash line drives to all fields. His athletic ability, speed and frame earn comparisons to Mets prospect Lastings Milledge, but he's more polished at the plate, earning 60 and 70 grades from scouts (on the 20-80 scouting scale) with 50 raw power. A former state champion in track as a relay runner, McCutchen has well-above-average speed and should have no trouble playing center field. The biggest question about him is his size and a perceived lack of durability, as some scouts wonder if he can maintain his bat speed over a 140-game professional schedule."
Drafted by the Pirates
In what would end up being a star-studded first round, McCutchen was selected No. 11 overall by Pittsburgh in the 2005 MLB Draft. Notables that went ahead of McCutchen that year include Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Mike Pelfrey and Cameron Maybin. McCutchen received a signing bonus of $1.9 million from the Pirates and started his pro career with the rookie-league Gulf Coast League Pirates. In 58 games between the GCL Pirates and New York-Penn League Williamsport Crosscutters, McCutchen his .310 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 35 RBI.
Memorable MLB debut
After spending three full seasons in the minor leagues, the Pirates summoned McCutchen to the big leagues midway through the 2009 season. On June 4, at 22-year-old, McCutchen went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in his MLB debut. His teammates gave him a shaving cream pie as his reward. He would go on to finish his first campaign with a .286 average, 26 doubles, 12 home runs and 54 RBI. Those numbers would help him finish fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting behind winner Chris Coghlan, J.A. Happ and Tommy Hanson.
Bucs lock Cutch up
Coming off his first All-Star appearance in 2011, McCutchen signed a six-year, $51.5 million contract with the Pirates prior to the start of the 2012 season. The deal included a $14.5 million club option for 2018, which the Giants will pay this season. That year, McCutchen authored his best season to-date, hitting .327 with 31 home runs and 96 RBI. He finished third in the NL MVP voting behind winner Buster Posey and runner-up Ryan Braun.
McCutchen took the next step in 2013. His numbers weren't as good as the previous season, but he helped lead the Pirates to the playoffs for the first time since 1992 and beat out Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina for the NL MVP.
Proposing on live TV
Flying high from his MVP season, McCutchen made his 2013 even more special by proposing to his girlfriend Maria Hanslovan a few weeks before Christmas. But it wasn't your typical proposal. McCutchen got down on a knee in front of a live studio audience during The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
A midsummer classic regular
From 2001 to 2015, McCutchen made five straight All-Star Games. He recorded three hits with one home run and an RBI in 11 at-bats over those five appearances.
Glory for his country
McCutchen was part of Team USA that defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 at Dodger Stadium to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Traded to Giants
After months of rumors, the Giants finally acquired McCutchen from the Pirates on January, 15, 2017 for Kyle Crick, Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international bonus pool money. Pittsburgh will pay $2.5 million of the $14.5 million McCutchen is owed in 2018.