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Former Indians OF McCutchen Wins Silver Slugger

November 9, 2012 - International League (IL) Indianapolis Indians

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indianapolis Indians outfielder Andrew McCutchen was chosen as a 2012 Louisville Silver Slugger award winner. McCutchen also claimed the Rawlings Gold Glove honor on Oct. 31, becoming just the fourth player in Pittsburgh Pirates history to win both accolades in the same season.

In only his third full year in the big leagues, McCutchen led the National League in hits, with 194, while finishing ranked second in numerous batting categories including average (.327), on-base percentage (.400), slugging (.553), runs scored (107) and total bases (328). The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder also established career highs with 31 home runs and 96 RBI.

Much like his offensive prowess with the Pirates, McCutchen was stellar at the plate during his tenure in Indianapolis. From 2007-09, he played in 201 games with the Indians, batting a combined .286 with 40 doubles, 11 triples, 14 homers and 75 RBI. The outfielder paced the Tribe with 145 hits during the 2008 campaign, earning a spot in the Triple-A All-Star Game where he went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs on his way to being named the contest's MVP.

It has been an offseason of accolades for McCutchen, who, along with earning his first career Gold Glove, was named the Pirates' Top Defensive Player by Wilson Sporting Goods Co., as well as the Players Choice as the NL Outstanding Player, voted upon by fellow players through the Major League Baseball Players Association.

McCutchen is also a finalist for the NL's Most Valuable Player, which will be announced on Nov. 15 on MLB Network.

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