The Pirates wanted Cole Tucker to build off his late success from last year in Altoona. Tucker had a strong finish to the year, seeing his offensive production improving over the final month of the season, before going down with a hand injury.

So far this season, he's definitely carrying over the improvements on the offense. Tucker has an .859 OPS heading into Monday's action, showing off a good average and a good ability to get on base, along with a good amount of power for a middle infielder. That's a good sign for the Pirates, as he looks to be the shortstop of the future in Pittsburgh.

I've written before about how the Pirates seem to be preparing him for that role with some subtle signs -- like moving Kevin Newman to second base to get experience at the position, but keeping Tuc...

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