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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Shortstop

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Shortstop

After deciding to part ways with shortstop Ronny Cedeno, the Pirates upgraded the position defensively last November by bringing Clint Barmes in on a two year deal. The 33-year-old had a pedigree for an impressive glove at short, and provided a solid glove for the Pirates in 2012.

The first two months of the season weren't what he, nor Pittsburgh, expected. Barmes hit for just a .149 clip in April, followed by a .189 average in May. Barmes admitted to trying to do too much out of the chute, which resulted in his struggles at the plate. But the shortstop didn't take his bat with him onto the field. Barmes had the National League’s best UZR for a shortstop in 2012, with a 15.3 UZR/150 mark from the shortstop position.

Despite the early offensive struggles, Barmes was able to put together solid numbers in his final three months of the season, Manager Clint Hurdle stuck with Barmes for the majority of the year. Prospect Jordy Mercer saw the next most appearances at the position (28),...

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