SARASOTA, Fla. -- Last season combined with both Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis outfielder Alex Presley swiped 31 bags --using his speed to his advantage. This year you may just see Presley steal even more bases. He's one of the few Buccos that have a green light on the base paths this season.
The others? Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata. The Pirates other speedy outfielders.
Being giving the green light is something that Presley enjoys too.
"I like the green light because it shows that [Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle] has confidence that I can decide to do things on my own," Presley said. "If he wants me to go, he’ll give me the sign. So I get kind of the best of both worlds."
"What I try and find out to do is what they are more most comfortable with," Hurdle said. "I’ve had guys that loved the green light, and given the green light they were smart with it, aggressive with it…Then there’s guys where their comfort zones are better when they get the steal signs from the ...