Andrew McCutchen Can’t Wait to Play With Budding Pirates Star

Adam Taylor McKillop
Andrew McCutchen can't wait to play with budding Pittsburgh Pirates star Oneil Cruz.
Andrew McCutchen can't wait to play with budding Pittsburgh Pirates star Oneil Cruz. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Pittsburgh Pirates made an exciting move this offseason to bring back a former legend in Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen won an MVP and made all five of his All-Star appearances in Pittsburgh, so the franchise is hoping his veteran leadership will rub off on some of their young stars.

Well, the street goes both ways. McCutchen recently spoke about his return to the Pirates and is particularly excited about playing with one of their emerging stars.

When asked about the prospect of playing with Oneil Cruz, McCutchen couldn't stop gushing. "The guy's a freak," he said. "You're at the edge of your seat just to see what he's going to do."

There may not be a ton to be excited about in Pittsburgh with a team that's tied for the fourth-worst World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds (+20000), but this pairing has every Pirates fan in a frenzy.

Cruz was electric during his rookie season last year. Not only did the young phenom smack 17 home runs and steal 10 bases in just 87 games, but he showcased a strong throwing arm and ability to make electric plays at shortstop.

With a former MVP like McCutchen to take him under his wing, we could see Cruz take home some hardware himself this year.

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