Why 2012 will be a Breakout Fantasy Season for Andrew McCutchen
By Adam McGill
In his first season in the spotlight, Andrew McCutchen really established himself as one of the best young outfielders in the game. He combines raw power with speed and has really given life to a Bucos team that has not had much to cheer about in the last decade. McCutchen crushed a team leading 23 home runs in 158 games, along with driving in 89 runs. However, he also managed to steal 23 bases on the year and the 25-year old has become one of the best dual threat options in the game.
The only concerning thing is that McCutchen did only manage to hit .259 with an alarming 126 strikeouts, but his 89 walks were more than exemplary. He has one of the best eyes in baseball and has become an extremely disciplined hitter at the plate. This could be the year that he draws over 100 walks, only adding to his sky-rocketing fantasy value.
Fantasy owners should be excited to see how McCutchen will fair this year, especially the lucky few who already have him plugged into their roster. “McCutch” will continue to progress as he learns the game, so he still has yet to reach his potential. McCutchen is on the verge of having a 40 HR-40 SB season that fantasy junkies only dream about, making him the best long-term option at the position that is not named Giancarlo Stanton .
My Projections for McCutchen:
155 GP, .287 BA, 97 BB, 31 HR, 101 RBI, 34 SB