Despite an ongoing competition in major league camp for the backup middle infield spot, the Pittsburgh Pirates made infielder Chase d'Arnaud one of their first cuts. D'Arnaud spent time in the majors last year, taking over as the starting shortstop for part of the year while Ronny Cedeno went down. He didn't do anything to make himself a lock for the backup job this year, but his early cut from camp was somewhat surprising.
Almost immediately, d'Arnaud began working daily with Pirates' infield coordinator Gary Green on his fielding skills at shortstop.
A big reason the Pirates sent d'Arnaud down so early was to work on his fielding mechanics, specifically focusing on cutting down on his throwing errors.
"I think there were a lot of things I was doing wrong that I wasn't aware of, ...
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