Alex Presley was freed in late June, and went on to hit for a .298 average in the majors.
For most of the 2011 season, there wasn't a specific starter at either corner outfield position for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jose Tabata began the season as the everyday starter in left field, but finished the year as the everyday starter in right field. That happened when Alex Presley came up and took over the everyday duties in left field. Presley didn't arrive until late June, and missed most of August with an injury. That allowed Garrett Jones, Matt Diaz, Xavier Paul, and Ryan Ludwick to add playing time at the corner outfield positions.
The Pirates started off the season with a combination of Tabata in left field, and a platoon of Jones and Diaz in right field. Tabata was coming off a season where he hit for a .299 average and a .746 OPS as a rookie in 405 at-bats. He had an OPS over .800 through the first few weeks of the season, but entered a slump at the end of April, which took...
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