The Pirates need D'Arnaud to step up this year as the long term shortstop.
It is way too early to be talking about any trends, hot starts, numbers, or anything else from the minor league season, which only started on Thursday. Some players have gotten off to hot starts, some players have gotten off to cold starts. Some pitchers had great outings, some pitchers had bad outings, and some pitchers haven't even pitched yet. Any analysis of a player's 2011 numbers is far too premature.
There are certain players that the Pittsburgh Pirates really need to see good performances out of this year. While it's too early to analyze a hot start, it's never too early to point to a player and say "the Pirates need him to succeed". So with that said, here are five players who got off to a hot start this past week, and who need to continue playing well this season in order to help the Pirates out, both in the short term, and in the long term.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.