Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP
Mar16

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...

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First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement
Mar13

First Pitch: The Parallels Between Andrew Lambo and Jeff Clement

I can’t help but draw some parallels between the current Andrew Lambo situation and the Jeff Clement experiment at first base a few years ago. In both situations you’ve got a guy learning first base in the majors. Lambo has more experience at the position than Clement, which gives him an edge, but not enough experience to make you comfortable with his defense. In each case the Pirates couldn’t play the player at his...

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First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities
Mar11

First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities

At this point in Spring Training, I think everyone has to expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to go with Andrew Lambo as their starting first baseman. But if there was any hope of adding a first baseman via trade before Spring Training was out, that hope looks to be disappearing. Ike Davis was one of the popular trade options mentioned, but is currently in a walking boot due to a calf injury. He hasn’t played in a game since March...

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Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer
Mar04

Spring Training Notes: The Roles of Andrew Lambo and Jordy Mercer

During yesterday’s meeting with the media, Clint Hurdle made two comments that really stood out to me as far as how the Pirates see two of their starting positions. The first base position has been in question this off-season, with Andrew Lambo seeming to be the front-runner. The Pirates added Chris McGuiness, who has looked good in limited appearances so far this Spring. But Hurdle’s comments on McGuiness pointed to Lambo...

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Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon
Feb21

Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon

Just a few notes from a routine day at Pirate City. ┬áThe team was primarily doing base running and infield drills, and batting practice. As per usual, for drills the Pirates have two groups, one made up primarily of regulars and the other primarily of non-roster invitees and other players who are fighting for the last roster spot or two. ┬áMost of the latter, of course, will end up at Indianapolis. It’s easy to read too much into...

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