Saturday, March 13, 2010
Around the Diamond- First Base
In 75 career games, Clemet has homered only seven times, but I expect a solid 25 dingers out of him if he holds onto the job. The Pirates desperatley need some power in the middle of the lineup.
Defensively, he looks good so far; so hopefully that won't be a problem. If Clement fails to win the job, Garrett Jones will shift from right field to first base, opening up a compettion for the starting job in right.
Throught the season, Bobby Crosby could also see some playing time at the position. Steve Pearce also has an outside shot of making the team. Management likes his versatility- he can also play right field (although not very well). Pearce still has an option left so let's hope he is destined for Indianapolis. He doesn't do anything for me. He had a long look and didn't impress.
Position Grade Compared to the rest of the league- D- - Well below average. You have to have run production from the corner infield spots and right now the Pirates just don't have it. As much as I like Clement getting the shot, he also has yet to prove he can be a legitimate run producer. If he does, the position could suddenly become a strength.