PITTSBURGH -- It's awards season in Major League Baseball and MLB.com has chosen Andrew McCutchen, Joel Hanrahan and Charlie Morton as recipients of club-specific honors for the 2011 season.
McCutchen has been named the Pirates' Player of the Year, while Pitcher-of-the-Year honors go to Hanrahan. After a bounce-back season, Morton was voted the club's Breakout Player of the Year.
MLB.com gave out these same awards to each of the 30 teams. Players were not eligible to win more than one of the three honors.
Though his batting average dipped to a career-low .259, McCutchen led the Pirates in home runs (23), RBIs (89), runs scored (87), stolen bases (23) and on-base percentage (.364) this year. He also earned his first All-Star Game invitation during the 2011 season.
In his first full season as Pirates closer, Hanrahan finished sixth in the National League with 40 saves. He converted all but four opportunities and became just the third pitcher in franchise history to save at least 40 games. Hanrahan, too, was a first-time All-Star this year.
After arriving in Spring Training without a guaranteed job, Morton retooled his delivery motion and ended the year as a vital member of the rotation. Morton won a career-best 10 games and posted a 3.83 ERA in 29 starts. He led all Pirates pitchers in innings pitched (171 2/3).
Morton's success was a far cry from the 2010 season he endured, when he went 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA.
The Pirates do not have any serious candidates for the awards that will be handed out by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Those honors include the Cy Young, Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year Awards.
Neil Walker and Ronny Cedeno were recently Gold Glove Award finalists, though neither middle infielder took home the honor. Pittsburgh also had no winners in the Players' Choice and Silver Slugger awards.