McCutchen received 28 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The 27-year-old native of Florida is the Pirates' seventh MVP winner and first since Barry Bonds in 1992.
The other two first-place votes went to Molina, given out by Cardinals writers Derrick Goold and Rick Hummel, both of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
McCutchen hit .317/.404/.508 with 21 home runs and 27 stolen bases for the Pirates, who shook off consecutive late-season collapses to finally finish with their first winning record and postseason berth since 1992. McCutchen was named to the NL All-Star squad for the third straight season and captured his second consecutive Silver Slugger award.
The Pirates finished the season with a 94-68 record and defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Wild Card play-in game before falling in five games to the eventual NL champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the NL Division Series.