The common (and mostly correct) assessment of what Clint Barmes brings to the Pirates is that he's a player who provides a capable defensive option at shortstop but brings little to the table with his bat. One just needs to look to his 0 for 3 performance on Sunday against Houston to see that.
Clint Barmes' recent adjustments to his swing have paid off in hits and helped the Pirates get some production from the bottom of the batting order.
Barmes was never intended to be a player Pittsburgh looked to as a vital piece of its lineup, as made evident by his usual appearance in the No. 8 spot. His main contribution has been with his glove but recently he has shown some improvement at the plate.
Through April Barmes' batting average was just .181 and he had an OPS of .422. Through 37 at-bats in May he's seen his batting average rise 48 points to .229. So far this month he's hitting .324 with an .873 OPS.
"He made an adjustment, suggested to him probably a week ago, and he was a...
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