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Daily Video Rundown: Roberto Perez, Tsung-Che Cheng, Bligh Madris

Welcome to the Pirates Prospects daily video rundown, where we pull some of the top videos of the Pittsburgh Pirates across the internet.

Daily Video Rundown

Roberto Perez

After trading Gold Glove winner Jacob Stallings to the Miami Marlins, the Pirates didn’t wait long to get their replacement, signing Roberto Perez to an one-year contract.

The 33-year old Perez isn’t much of an offensive threat, but he brings quite the defensive resume along with him from Cleveland. Perez has won two Gold Gloves, and caught three separate Cy Young winners during his career.

Perez probably won’t do this too often during the season, and he hasn’t hit overtly well during Spring (5-for-22) but two of his five hits now have gone for extra-bases. If he can stay healthy, and provide some of this pop here and there, this could turn into one of the sneaky good signings of the offseason.

Bligh Madris

Another player, along with Diego Castillo, who has been a regular highlight reel during Spring Training, Bligh Madris keeps making a very strong case that he should be included on the Opening Day roster.

Not being part of the 40-man roster hurts his odds, as does the addition of Josh VanMeter, but that doesn’t change the fact that the 26-year-old Madris has had a spectacular Spring.

Bligh has five hits in 12 at-bats, three of which have been home runs. In total, four of his five hits have gone for extra bases, and has driven in four runs to date.

Despite the great Spring, Madris may still end up a numbers casualty and get sent back to the minors but he has also put himself in position to be one of the first call ups.

Tsung-Che Cheng

After talking about him just the day prior, Tsung-Che Cheng showed again why he is one of the hyped up prospect in the lower levels around some circles.

With one swing of the bat, and with two total at-bats this Spring, Cheng prevented the Pirates from losing the game, but it also made way for their fourth tie overall.

What made Cheng’s three-run shot that much more impressive, was the fact it was against 26-year-old Anthony Castro, who has experience at the major league level.

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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

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