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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bench

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Preview: The Bench

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 wort...

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