STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With 37 games left in a forgettable 2019 campaign, the Pirates are now holding auditions of sorts.
These extended looks aren't necessarily earth-shattering. We're going to be focusing today on a few of those position players on the fringes of the 2020 club's Opening Day 25-man roster.
We'll offer up a case for and against each candidate, hopefully quantifying their value to the 2020 Pirates along the way, while identifying the one thing -- the most crucial aspect of their performance -- that they can do between now and the end of the season to solidify their chances of making the roster.
For the sake of clarity, we will leave September call-ups out of this. For now.
We'll start with last September's spark plug whose light has been considerably dimmed.