Commentary

McCutchen ready for the bigs

Minor league notes and stats from Tuesday's games

Updated: May 28, 2009, 1:54 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Biding his time

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Wednesday's stats: 3-for-4, 2B, HR (3), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
The Pirates are going to have a minor house cleaning this summer. Not in any huge way, but guys like Jack Wilson, John Grabow, and Adam LaRoche could all be moving elsewhere. When that happens, the new youth movement might begin with McCutchen, who is hitting .293/.353/.489 (average/on-base/slugging) in his second go-around at Triple-A while showing a much better approach, far better contact skills and an overall feel for the game that says he's big league ready.

On a roll

Vin Mazzaro, RHP, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento)
Wednesday's stats: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 6 K
Three weeks into the season, Mazzaro had a tough two-game stretch when he allowed 11 runs over nine innings. Other than those outings, he's been one of the best pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, with a 0.76 ERA in his other eight outings, including just one earned run in his last four.

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