Andrew McCutchen Named NL's Most Outstanding Player

By Troy Pfaff

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was voted the National League’s Outstanding Player for the 2012 season by MLB players. He received more votes than Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who seems to be the most likely candidate for the NL MVP, given today’s voters’ bias towards players whose teams made the postseason.

McCutchen led the Major Leagues in hitting for most of the 2012 campaign before a poor August/September dropped his average to a ho-hum .327.

Here are his monthly numbers:

April: .302/.351/.372, 0 HR

May: .360/.424/.709, 8 HR

June: .370/.420/.676, 7 HR

July: .446/.510/.739, 7 HR

August: .252/.347/.346, 2 HR

September/October: .254/.361/.500, 7 HR

Those are some pretty unbelievable numbers McCutchen posted for a good portion of the season. He hit nearly .500 in 92 at bats in July, while walking 12 times and striking out 16.

He was named NL Player of the Month for both June and July and was also named NL Player of the Week twice during the season.

The 26-year-old finished 2012 with a .327/.400/.553 line with 31 home runs, 20 stolen bases and one stolen Gold Glove.

Triple Crown-winning Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won the AL Outstanding Player vote and beat McCutchen and Los Angeles Angels super-rookie Mike Trout for MLB Player of the Year.

Here is a complete list of award winners:

MLB Player of the Year: Cabrera

NL Outstanding Player: Andrew McCutchen

AL Outstanding Player: Miguel Cabrera

NL Outstanding Pitcher: R.A.Dickey, New York Mets

AL Outstanding Pitcher: David PriceTampa Bay Rays

AL Outstanding Rookie: Mike Trout

NL Outstanding Rookie: Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

AL Comeback Player of Year: Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox

NL Comeback Player of Year: Buster Posey

Also read: Andrew McCutchen Wins Gold Glove, Probably Isn’t the Best Center Fielder on His Own Team

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