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First Pitch: Taking the Jordy Mercer Approach With Tony Sanchez

First Pitch: Taking the Jordy Mercer Approach With Tony Sanchez

Tony Sanchez has a .918 OPS in Indianapolis.

The one thing we can take away from the Jordy Mercer situation is that the Pirates plan to have him as the primary shortstop in 2014, or at least the top candidate for the job. We hope that's the situation. Otherwise it really makes no sense to get Mercer adjusted to the majors in the short-term as a utility player. But I think that the fact that Mercer was used as a starter when Neil Walker was down speaks well to how the organization views him. Prior to that, I figured that John McDonald would be seeing starts at shortstop if Clint Barmes went down, with Mercer on the bench. Now I'd be shocked if Mercer wasn't playing every day in that scenario.

Some events over the last few days have me wondering if the Pirates should take the same approach with another position. Russell Martin has been a strong player to have in the lineup when healthy. The problem is that he's missed a few games this year, leading to Michael McKenry starting a few...

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