The Pittsburgh Pirates called up top hitting prospect Starling Marte on July 26th. Prior to his promotion in the majors, the club had struggled with their outfield alignment. Jose Tabata was demoted to the minors in early July after posting a .636 OPS. Alex Presley was falling out of favor with a .634 OPS on the year prior to Marte's promotion. The club had Josh Harrison and Drew Sutton getting regular starts in the outfield. So they turned to Marte, and a few days later they traded for Travis Snider, hoping to give their outfield a boost.
The Pirates demoted Tabata, benched Alex Presley, designated Drew Sutton for assignment, and moved Josh Harrison back to the Super Utility role that fits him best. And none of those players were playing as poorly as Clint Barmes has been playing this ye...
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