By Jason Shetler
In 2013, Andrew McCutchen accomplished something that no other Pirates player had done since 1992, and that’s capture the National League MVP award. He was in the MVP conversation again in 2014, as he finished third in the voting behind Clayton Kershaw and Giancarlo Stanton. McCutchen began 2015 off slow, but turned things around, and became an All-Star for the fifth time. Here are the stat comparisons from 2014 and 2015, as well as a FanGraphs projection for this year.
2014: .314/.410/.542, 166 OPS+, 13.0% BB rate, 17.7% K rate, 6.9 WAR in 146 games
2015: .292/.401/.488, 145 OPS+, 14.3% BB rate, 19.4% K rate, 5.8 WAR in 157 games
2016 (FanGraphs): .304/.407/.511, 13.6% BB rate, 17.9% K rate, 7.0 WAR in 155 games
For the last two seasons, McCutchen has continued to get on base a ton, posting on base percentages above .400. 2014 was more of an MVP caliber year for him in terms of slugging percentage and OPS+. McCutchen’s walk rate however showed an increase in 2015. Despite his defensive metrics being down last season (-4.5 UZR), he was still a five-win player. FanGraphs projects McCutchen to post an OPS above .900 this season, and to be worth seven wins.