Sunday, June 6, 2010
Around the Diamond- Part 5- Shortstop
He's an upgrade over Jack Wilson, which really isn't saying much, but Cedeno does his job. Defensively, he is good and he offers a little bit with the bat. he is currently hitting only .240/4/14. I'm fine with that though.
He grinds out good at bats and is consistent in the field. He doesn't cost you anything by being the everyday shortstop. The reason I like him is that he is a good 2-3 year stop gap at the position.
Cedeno is a solid pro and should remain the everyday guy for the next year or so. By then, Chase D'Arnaud should be ready. D'Arnaud got off to a slow start this season at Altoona, but many consider him to be the best athlete in the organization. He has raise his average to .225 and his game is gap hitting and speed and he brings that everyday.
The future is D'Arnaud's, but he's about two years away. Unless the Pirates are smart and draft Manny Machado, then Machado could be the future ss of the Pirates. Either way, Cedeno is the guy for the next couple of seasons and there is nothing wrong with that. Shortstop has become the first position that I don't feel the Pirates need to change in the immediate future.