Between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis, the Pirates have a group of eight position players fighting for about five spots in the everyday lineup. Obviously, not all will pan out, but it is difficult to determine exactly which ones will succeed long-term. Luckily, each player comes with some versatility, which gives management options when determining a future lineup.

Steve Pearce
Pearce plays a nice first base and a passable corner outfield, although he’s probably limited to right field at PNC Park. His most valuable asset is his ability to hit left-handed pitching. With lefties Garrett Jones and Pedro Alvarez likely to hold down starting spots for the foreseeable future, that skill will likely keep him in the team’s plans for the next few years.

Jeff Clement
Clement has good po...

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