Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tween game look at 2016 line up

It is just hours away from October baseball and for the third year in a row the Pirates are in the playoffs. Just to pass sometime between the double header today I thought it would be fun to take another look at some line up possibilities for 2016.

The outfield is and will be set for a number of years with Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen and Gregory Polanco as the starting three. The Pirates have some minors depth and Josh Harrison as a 4th outfielder but I am hoping they can sign Travis Snider to a small one maybe two year contract.

At first base we are looking again a Pedro Alverez and Mike Morse assuming one or both do not get moved. Bell is another possibility if one of the two get moved.

Second base is pretty steady with Neil Walker with Josh Harrison and possibly Alen Hanson backing him up.

Short stop we have Jordy Mercer and Jung Ho Kang. Mercer will get the early nod due to his defense and Kangs recent injury but his leash will be short. He starts the season off below the Mendoza line Kang will be take over.

A Healthy Kang puts him at third to start the season otherwise Harrison will be in. If Kang moves to short to take over for a struggling Mercer, Harrison will be here.

Between second, short and third the Pirates have a lot of talent. It would not be surprising if one or more get moved in the off season for a pitcher or first basemen

Catcher is no mystery. Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart with Diaz and Sanchez ready to fill in if needed.

The starting rotation is another story that we will save for another time.


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