Any chance Moss and Pearce platoon in one outfield spot?
Steve Pearce will be given every chance to make the Major League team this spring. While there remains work to be done, his bat is intriguing, and given the left-handed hitting strength of our projected outfielders, Steve could be a quality complement to that group.
What is Eric Hinske's role? Is there a possibility of him playing some third base like he did to begin his career?
Eric Hinske was signed to provide us with a versatile left-handed hitting corner bat that also provides depth at first base, third base, right field and left field while being capable of taking regular at-bats in case of injury or sub-standard performance. He has played some third base in recent seasons and we will evaluate his abilities there during Spring Training.
Does Daniel McCutchen have a chance of making our starting rotation out of Spring Training this year?
We are very pleased with Daniel's progress to date and feel good about his future with the Pirates. He will be given the opportunity to win a spot in the rotation this Spring Training. We are confident that he will be in our rotation at some point in the future if not this April.