STH Exclusive - Q&A with Neal Huntington

STH Exclusive - Q&A with Neal Huntington

What will Ramon Vazquez's role be? Will he just back up Jack or will he platoon at all infield positions?
Ramon Vazquez was signed to provide us with a versatile left-handed hitting infielder that is a quality complement to our projected regulars. He proves depth at all the infield positions while being capable of taking regular at-bats in the case of injury or sub-standard performance.

Were there any players at mini-camp that looked much-improved over last season?
Tom Gorzelanny has lost about 15 pounds and the benefits of the weight loss were evident in the life in his arm and his improved mobility. Andrew McCutchen and Brian Bixler both showed the ability to maintain the quality adjustments our staff had worked with them on during Instructional League last October. In general the group was in quality condition and met or exceeded our expectations.

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.