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Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP

Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP

The first base position projects to be a platoon between Andrew Lambo and Gaby Sanchez. However, Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington was asked about the possibility of Sanchez being the everyday guy, and noted that Sanchez is in competition for the job against right-handed pitching.

"As we've said from day one, Gaby is in that competition to become the regular first baseman, and to get the majority of at-bats there," Huntington said. "If we find a left-handed compliment for him that we feel makes us better, then we go in that direction. Gaby is working hard. [Chris] McGuiness is working hard. Lambo is working hard. [Travis] Ishikawa is working hard. And we're still working through that process. It may be something that evolves even once we get into the season. It's not something to be written in concrete."

I personally don't think Sanchez should be the everyday first baseman. The only way it would make sense to start him daily is if there were no other options available. Tha...

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