The Pirates need D'Arnaud to step up this year as the long term shortstop.

It is way too early to be talking about any trends, hot starts, numbers, or anything else from the minor league season, which only started on Thursday.  Some players have gotten off to hot starts, some players have gotten off to cold starts.  Some pitchers had great outings, some pitchers had bad outings, and some pitchers haven't even pitched yet.  Any analysis of a player's 2011 numbers is far too premature.

There are certain players that the Pittsburgh Pirates really need to see good performances out of this year.  While it's too early to analyze a hot start, it's never too early to point to a player and say "the Pirates need him to succeed".  So with that said, here are five players who got off to a ho...

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