Justin Upton, Jay Bruce and Andrew McCutchen have much in common. All three are budding stars in the National League, top-notch outfielders and 24 years old.

The trio was part of MLB's blockbuster 2005 draft class. The Arizona Diamondbacks chose Upton with the first overall pick. The Pirates got McCutchen with the 11th selection, one spot before the Cincinnati Reds snagged Bruce.

Yet, there is one area where McCutchen differs dramatically from Upton and Bruce.

Upton is making $4.25 million this year. Bruce is getting $2.75 million.

The Pirates are paying McCutchen $453,000, only $38,500 more than the MLB minimum.