Travis Snider could regress a bit from his .346 BABIP, but the power is there. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Maybe Brad Lincoln hits a pinch-hit home run if you give him a chance.

Travis Snider did so to lead the Pirates to a 5-4 victory Tuesday, all a part of a successful 2013 campaign with the Pirates after being swapped for Lincoln.

His approach has been strong this season: swinging at the fewest pitches in his career, especially outside the strike zone; making the most contact on pitches in his career. Thus, Snider has reduced his strikeout rate to a career-best level, and is maintaining a walk rate above his career average. All of that has been in only 119 plate appearances, though, so there is more to see before we declare Snider a changed man in terms of plate discipline.


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