Born: September 26, 1982|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|August 31, 2009 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Career statistics |
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||4.77|
Daniel Thomas McCutchen (born September 26, 1982) is an American professional baseball player. A pitcher, McCutchen has played in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is currently a free agent.
Early Baseball Career
McCutchen attended Norman High School in Norman, Oklahoma. He then attended the University of Central Oklahoma and Grayson County College before being selected by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. However, McCutchen chose to attend the University of Oklahoma. His first appearance for Oklahoma was February 21, 2004 against Southeast Missouri State University. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 29th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. In 2005, McCutchen pitched 84 innings and led the Sooners with 84 strikeouts. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He pitched for the Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League in 2004 and 2005. McCutchen pitched 148 2/3 innings for the Sooners in 2006. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.
New York Yankees
McCutchen was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round (404th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He had been chosen in the previous three drafts, but opted not to sign each time. On July 26, 2008, McCutchen was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates with Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens, and José Tábata from the Yankees in exchange for Xavier Nady and Dámaso Marte.
McCutchen was called up to the Pirates to make his major league debut on Monday, August 31, 2009. In his debut he pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 earned runs while striking out 5 and walking 2. On the second pitch of his career, he gave up a home run to Drew Stubbs. In his first Major League at-bat, McCutchen hit an RBI single off Cincinnati Reds pitcher Kip Wells. He spent the vast majority of the 2009 season with the Indianapolis Indians, but in 2010, McCutchen began the season in the Pirates' starting rotation, beating out fellow righty, Kevin Hart. In August 2010, McCutchen was moved to the bullpen for the Pirates. In February 2012, McCutchen switched to uniform number 25, as his old number, 34, was traded to starter A.J. Burnett, in exchange for Burnett setting up a college fund for his daughter. In November 2012, McCutchen elected free agency.
In November 2012, McCutchen signed with the Baltimore Orioles. On April 6, 2013, it was announced that McCutchen was suspended for violating the league's drug policy. He tested positive for the steroids Methenolone and a metabolite of Trenbolone.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)