PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — Andrew McCutchen is finally an all-star. With Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun unable to play due to a lingering injury, the Pirates outfielder was named to the National League All-Star team on Saturday evening.
McCutchen was selected to the squad by NL manager Bruce Bochy.
Braun was the NL’s top vote-getter for Tuesday’s game in Phoenix, but he pulled out due to a strain in his left calf.
McCutchen, 24, is in his third major league season. This will be his very first appearance in the annual All-Star game.
He was hitting .292 with 13 homers, 49 RBIs, 52 runs and 15 stolen bases entering Saturday.
The Pirates announced on the jumbotron that McCutchen was named to the team Saturday night during the fourth inning, drawing an ovation and a curtain call from the crowd.
Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan was also named to the National League team last weekend.