We've already touched on the platoons of Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez and Travis Snider/Jose Tabata in the previews of the infield and outfield, so for today's preview of the bench players the focus will be on Michael McKenry, John McDonald and Josh Harrison.
Michael McKenry will be the backup catcher again this year.
Michael McKenry -- Catcher
McKenry gives the Pirates a serviceable backup catcher behind Russell Martin after filling that role in 2012 and 2011 with Rod Barajas. He appeared in 81 games last season and 59 the year before (including once at third base), and in that time McKenry has only committed eight errors and allowed three passed balls.
At the plate McKenry does not bring much to the table. He has hit .222 and .233 in his two seasons in Pittsburgh but it is worth noting that his power numbers did improve from 2011 to 2012. Last year he had career-highs with 12 home runs in 275 plate appearances after accounting for just two home runs in 201 plate appearances...
Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter: @TomBraggSports