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Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

Pena could be a potential upgrade at first base - MRHSfan, Flickr.comA large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to turn on the radio without hearing a caller state that Neal Huntington should deal whatever prospects are necessary to acquire someone like Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence. Despite the improved play, the Pirates lineup has been underwhelming, and a guy like that would be a clear upgrade. That being said, it is important to keep the expected impact of adding a big bat in perspective.

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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.

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