D'Arnaud is hitting well in the month of May. How long until we see him in Pittsburgh?
One of the biggest needs on the team, at least if you listen to the cries of the fans, is a long term shortstop in Pittsburgh. Ronny Cedeno has been incredibly inconsistent in his time with the Pirates, showing flashes of a strong defensive ability, but usually following that up by booting an easy, routine play. The Pirates don't have a guaranteed shortstop of the future, although they do have two guys with the ability to be an upgrade over Cedeno, which isn't saying a lot, since Cedeno rates as slightly below average at his position.
The closest to the majors is Chase d'Arnaud. He is also the top shortstop prospect in the system. D'Arnaud broke on to the scene in 2009, when he hit for a .291/.394/.427 line in 213 at-bats in West Virginia, followed up by a .295/.402/.481 line in 210 at-bats in Lynchburg. D'Arnaud struggled in his jump to AA, hitting for a .247/.331/.377 line in 530 at-...
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