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First Pitch: Thoughts on Decker, Wandy, Worley, Glasnow, 2014 Draft

First Pitch: Thoughts on Decker, Wandy, Worley, Glasnow, 2014 Draft

The Brent Morel promotion was a strange one. The Pirates probably only needed an extra hitter for the three game series against the Cardinals this weekend, assuming Andrew Lambo could return early next week. None of the available hitters on the 40-man roster have had a good season, with the exception of Gregory Polanco, who won't be called up until the Super 2 deadline passes.

I don't know what the Pirates knew regarding their outfield situation at the time Morel was recalled. Since the move, Travis Snider's suspension was upheld, and Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte both dealt with minor injuries. The combination meant that Gaby Sanchez was playing in right field tonight. It's possible that all of this came after the decision to bring up Morel. But Morel shouldn't have come up to begin with. Like the rest of the options, he didn't have strong season numbers. The only player who has been hitting well recently has been Jaff Decker. He should have been called up on Friday, and not ...

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