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First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop

First Pitch: The Pirates Short and Long Term at Shortstop

Today I wrote about Jordy Mercer and how I think he's going to bounce back offensively this year. He may already be in the process of doing just that, but I don't want to put too much stock on his recent hot streak, which is a sample size of six games.

If Mercer doesn't bounce back, then the Pirates once again find themselves in trouble at the shortstop position. That's not an uncommon thing, as shortstop is the hardest position in the game to fill.
The Short Term
Jordy Mercer (Photo by: David Hague)

Jordy Mercer - The Pirates need Mercer to bounce back. If he doesn't, then there's no one for the position until mid-2015 at the earliest, and possibly later than that if Alen Hanson isn't ready by then. It would be nice if the offense returns to the 2013 levels, and the defense stays with the good 2014 numbers. But the Pirates could settle for last year's version of Mercer, without the defense.

Stephen Drew - If Mercer isn't working out a month from now, the Pirates might want ...

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