BRADENTON, Fla. - It seems like every infielder that comes up through the Pirates' system can play every position on the field. Well, maybe not that extreme, but the Pirates definitely preach versatility with their minor league players. They don't develop players at one specific spot unless they are top prospects and absolute future starters (Josh Bell, Kevin Newman are two examples of this). For everyone else, new positions are given in order to increase versatility and increase future opportunities in the majors.
This isn't a new trend. They've been doing this for as long as I've been covering the system, which is almost as long as Neal Huntington has been the General Manager. The first year I covered the team in Lynchburg, they had Jordy Mercer playing mostly shortstop, but also gett...
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