Spring Training Battles: Backup Catcher

After the breakout season Ryan Doumit had last year, and after Doumit’s extension this off-season, the starting catcher position is locked up for the next three to five years. That still leaves a battle for the backup position, mostly between two players the Pirates have brought in from other organizations in the last year. While the Pirates currently have four catchers remaining in camp, Jason Jaramillo and Robinzon Diaz are...

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Should Hinske Start?

Last year in just 381 at bats, Eric Hinske hit for a .247/.333/.465 line with 20 homers. The average was a little low, but the OBP was decent enough, and the power was excellent, giving Hinske a homer every 19.05 at bats. The only Pirates to top Hinske’s .798 OPS last year were Xavier Nady, Jason Bay, Ryan Doumit, Nate McLouth, and Adam LaRoche. With Bay and Nady now gone, that leaves Hinske ranked fourth when looking at the...

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