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Run by The Trentonian's Nick Peruffo, this blog will provide daily multimedia coverage of the Trenton Thunder.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pittsburgh, meet your future

This is Andrew McCutchen. Since the Pirates dealt Nate McLouth to Atlanta, he's been their starting center fielder. And while his teammates may have been holding candlelight vigils after McLouth was shipped away, the more common response in the home clubhouse at PNC Park might just be closer to "Nate who?" than anything else.

McCutchen, a 22-year-old from Fort Meade, Fla., it seems, is going a long way toward making fans it Pittsburgh joyful for the future, rather than wistful for the past.

In just 20 games in the bigs, McCutchen already is tied for the National League lead in triples, has a 14-game hitting streak, and last night notched a walk-off hit off of the Indians' Matt Herges.

Over the past decade or so the Pirates have made quite a few mistakes -- many of them spectacular -- when it comes to player personnel. McCutchen's early start certainly makes it seems as if they've begun to reverse that trend.


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