Pirates' McCutchen among elite company in reaching 100/100 club
By David Golebiewski
Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, 8:14 p.m.
As a Gold Glove-winning center fielder with track-star speed, Andrew McCutchen isn't known best for his power hitting. But with a 419-foot blast at Miller Park on Sept. 3, McCutchen reached an important milestone by hitting his 100th career home run. The 26-year-old MVP candidate has cleared the fence during his first five years in the majors at a clip that few Pirates hitters have matched.
McCutchen has hit the fifth-most home runs in franchise history through five seasons, putting on an early-career power display surpassed by only Ralph Kiner, Jason Bay, Barry Bonds and Dick Stuart.
Most HR in Pirates history through first five MLB seasons:
Batter Years HR
Ralph Kiner 1946-1950 215
Jason Bay 2003-2007 117
Barry Bonds 1986-1990 117
Dick Stuart 1958-1962 117
A. McCutchen 2009-2013 101
McCutchen complements his power with blazing speed, swiping 125 bases so far during his career. That power-speed combo puts him in even more exclusive company among young Pirates: McCutchen and Bonds are the only players in team history to hit at least 100 home runs and steal 100 bases through their first five seasons.
In fact, reaching the 100/100 club within five years of getting the big league call is one of the game's rarest feats — not even Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. or Alex Rodriguez pulled off the trick. McCutchen is one of only seven players in MLB history to hit 100 homers and steal 100 bases in such a short time frame.
Players with 100 HRs, 100 stolen bases during first five MLB seasons:
Player Years HR SB
Darryl Strawberry 1983-87 147 136
Bobby Bonds 1968-1972 126 179
Barry Bonds 1986-1990 117 169
Grady Sizemore 2004-08 111 117
Eric Davis 1984-88 108 191
Hanley Ramirez 2005-09 103 164
A. McCutchen 2009-13 101 125
David Golebiewski is a freelance writer.
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