First Pitch: The Shortstop of the Future

First Pitch: The Shortstop of the Future

One of the long term holes at the major league level is the shortstop position. The Pirates have several prospects in the upper levels of the minors, but do they have a guy who is capable of being a long term solution? The answer in each individual case is: maybe. There are several options, but all of them have at least one big flaw to work out in their game before emerging as a strong option.

Chase d'Arnaud will get most of the playing time in Indianapolis this year, and the infielder is currently working on becoming more fundamentally sound. He's been working with Pirates' infield coordinator Gary Green on funneling the ball to his chest, in order to cut down on bad throws to first. D'Arnaud has the skills to handle the shortstop position defensively. Offensively he doesn't stand out in any one area, but is capable of good numbers across the board, with a decent average and some pop in his bat. His best tool is his speed, making him a spark at the top of the lineup, and a weapon on ...

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