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The Pittsburgh Pirates are faced with more than a few challenges heading into 2017. One of them includes replacing Sean Rodriguez, who served as the Pirates super utility man for two seasons.

This is where Adam Frazier comes in.

Frazier burst onto the scene with the Pirates last season, hitting .301 in 146 at-bats for the big league club. Frazier, who like Rodriguez is capable of playing multiple positions around the diamond, has been incredibly impressive this spring, hitting .442 with one home run and seven RBIs in 43 at-bats.

In my mind, Frazier is a lock for the Pirates opening day roster. Why? Because he has shown his value and has proven to be capable of starting and serving as a quality bench option for the Bucs. He’s a guy who can play second base or shortstop to give Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer a day off, and is more than capable of serving as a fourth outfielder. Not to mention the fact that he can contribute at a high level offensively as well.

The departures of both Rodriguez and Matt Joyce left voids to be filled as they both had remarkable impacts on what I thought was one of the best benches in baseball last season. However, all good things must come to an end.

With Frazier proving to be a capable super utility man and Phil Gosselin putting up numbers that make him look like a quality acquisition, the Pirates bench looks to be bound for good things once again heading into 2017.

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Jose Negron

Jose Negron is a 22 year old journalist from the North Huntingdon area. A recent graduate of California University of Pennsylvania, Jose has written for Rumbunter and Pirates Breakdown for the past year. He is the former Editor in Chief and Sports Editor of Cal U's campus newspaper, the Cal Times. He also covers high school sports for the Mon Valley Independent and serves as a contributor for Pittsburgh Sporting News, covering the Pirates. During the summer of 2015, he also interned with TribLive Radio, writing for their online blog, helping in the production of various radio shows and even appearing on the air.
  • leadoff

    Frazier filling in for Mercer and Harrison when they need a day off is a joke. They should be filling in for him, he is a better hitter than either of them and will be a better defensive player given time at one position. Remember Freddy Sanchez and what it took for the Pirates to realize how good he was? Everyone knew how good he was except the Pirates, same think with Frazier! If Gift proves he can hit .250, he would be a large upgrade over Mercer, but my money says he will never be a starter in Pitt. Hurdle’s loyalty to his players is commendable, but sometimes at the expense of winning. Play the best 25 you have!