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2010 Position Recap: Second Base

2010 Position Recap: Second Base

Walker surprised everyone to emerge as the second baseman of the future in 2010.

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded Freddy Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants at the 2009 trade deadline, leaving a big hole at second base with no internal options at the top two levels.  To fill that hole, the Pirates traded for Akinori Iwamura, sending Jesse Chavez to the Tampa Bay Rays in November 2009 to land their starting second baseman.

Iwamura was coming off a .290/.355/.390 line in 231 at-bats during an injury shortened 2009 season.  Iwamura suffered  torn ACL, which caused him to miss a lot of time, and allowed for Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez to emerge in Tampa Bay.  The Pirates hoped that Iwamura could fill the gap until someone like Chase d'Arnaud or Josh Harrison arrived in the majors.  That ...

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