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First Pitch: Barajas is Playing Up to Expectations

First Pitch: Barajas is Playing Up to Expectations

When the Pirates signed Rod Barajas, Neal Huntington pointed out his game calling, receiving, blocking, and veteran leadership with the pitching staff, along with his power on offense. He's had a strange early part of the season, but so far Barajas is living up to those expectations.

After going 1-for-4 with a homer on Sunday, Barajas is hitting for a .220/.265/.407 line with four homers in 98 plate appearances. In his career he has a .237/.284/.413 line, including a .230/.287/.430 line with 16 homers in 337 plate appearances last year with the Dodgers.

Barajas wasn't added to be a big contributor on offense, and so far he has played up to his career levels. But it's been an interesting season so far to get him to that level.

In April, Barajas hit for a .143/.222/.184 line in 49 at-bats. He wasn't showing any of the power that was expected out of him. I wrote that I didn't see him turning things around, with the lack of power being a red flag. Then that power came. Barajas is hittin...

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