Between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates have a group of eight position players fighting for about five spots in the everyday lineup. Obviously, not all will pan out, but it is difficult to determine exactly which ones will succeed long-term. Luckily, each player comes with some versatility, which gives management options when determining a future lineup.
Pearce plays a nice first base and a passable corner outfield, although he’s probably limited to right field at PNC Park. His most valuable asset is his ability to hit left-handed pitching. With lefties Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez likely to hold down starting spots for the foreseeable future, that skill will likely keep him in the team’s plans for the next few years.
Clement has good power, a narrow platoon split, and he can catch in an emergency. With the first base job slipping through his fingers, he has the look of an ideal bench player.
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.