FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The left side of the Pirates’ infield is currently in flux. Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing for the starting shortstop job. Colin Moran is the incumbent third baseman but is being pushed during spring training by a resurgent Jung Ho Kang.
However, who the starters will be this season might be irrelevant by next season.
Ke’Bryan Hayes will play third base this year at Triple-A Indianapolis and Cole Tucker will be the shortstop. Many scouts feel both 22-year-olds will be ready to join the Pirates’ lineup in 2020.