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McCutchen earns Topps rookie honors

McCutchen earns Topps rookie honors

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For his superb first year in the Major Leagues, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was named as part of the 2009 Topps All-Rookie All-Star team on Wednesday.

McCutchen batted .286 with 26 doubles, nine triples, 12 home runs, 54 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and a .364 on-base percentage in 108 games. Pittsburgh's first-round pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, the 23-year-old made his debut June 4, when he replaced Nate McLouth, who had been traded to Atlanta.

With 47 extra-base hits, McCutchen led NL rookies, and he ranked second in multi-hit games, runs, walks and total bases. He was third in RBIs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and doubles, fourth in on-base percentage and fifth in batting average.

Since the regular season ended, McCutchen has been named Baseball America's 2009 Major League Rookie of the Year, and he finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Topps' recognition for McCutchen will add a little extra value to his 2010 baseball card. All-Rookie All-Stars will have an iconic gold trophy on their card, which comes out in January. The trading card company has been naming rookie All-Star teams since 1959.

Also named to the 2009 rookie team were Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa, Royals second baseman Chris Getz, White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold, Mets catcher Omir Santos, Braves right-handed pitcher Tommy Hanson and Phillies left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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