Pirates

2013 Bench Prediction

The Pirates have the most competitive camp in recent memory competing for jobs on the bench.  Here are my predictions:

  • 1B  Gaby Sanchez – Guaranteed due to platoon with Garrett Jones
  • OF Travis Snider – Actually it will probably be Jose Tabata since Snider will be the starting RF even though I initially predicted Tabata to do so.  Alex Presley will probably end up being the best of the three players long term.
  • Michael McKenry – Because he has no real competition as the backup catcher.
  • John McDonald – As Hurdle says, McDonald is a professional and a veteran and can play all infield spots (excluding CA).
  • Felix Pie – He would bring some much-needed speed to the bench and allow some flexibility in late inning situations.  He was a decent PH back in 2011 in limited attempts.  I dread it will be Brandon Inge.
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