With pitchers and catchers reporting today, and Spring Training starting up this week, we will be previewing the position battles to follow throughout the Spring. To keep track of the players who are in camp, and the updated status of each position battle, check out the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Tracker.
The Pirates only have one established outfielder at the major league level, and that's Andrew McCutchen. After that they have five players battling for the corner outfield spots. I'm approaching this assuming that Starling Marte has the starting left field spot locked down. That leaves right field open to a battle between Travis Snider, Jerry Sands, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley.
Contenders: Alex Presley, Jerry Sands, Travis Snider, Jose Tabata
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