As Pirate fans, we have seen it many times before. A young, quick outfielder begins receiving considerable playing time in the second half of a lost season and excels. The team and its fans believe they have found their future centerfielder. The following season, this player flops and the process starts all over again. It has happened many times in the past decade.
In 2000, it was Adrian Brown. From August 7 through the end of the season, Brown hit .311/.378/.407. After that strong finish, Brown was the starting centerfielder when the Pirates opened camp in the spring of 2001. However, a shoulder injury limited him to eight games in early April. On May 18, he had season-ending surgery. In 2002, Brown hit .216/.284/.298 in 208 at-bats and was released following the season. Brown w...
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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.