BRADENTON, Fla. – Defense was the Pirates’ weakest point last season and has continued to be during spring training.
The Pirates have made 36 errors through 33 exhibition games. That is the second-highest total in the major leagues behind the Astros’ 37.
Defensive efficiency rating, which is the percentage of outs made on balls in play that are not home runs, puts the Pirates’ fielding in a slightly better light. Their .660 mark is 17th among the 30 MLB teams.