Pittsburgh Pirates have options to leadoff vs LHP

With John Jaso firmly in place as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ preferred lead-off option against RHP, who should take that spot versus LHP?


The Pittsburgh Pirates have likely found a great lead-off candidate in John Jaso. With a career on-base percentage of .361, Jaso now seems like a fine, and perhaps obvious candidate for the honors. Yet it was not too long ago that many – including this very site – were debating between Gregory Polanco and Josh Harrison to lead off a potentially potent Pirates offense.

Is that still the case? Are those still viable options for the lead-off role?

As capable as Jaso has looked in the spot, history would indicate he should not be used there against left-handed pitching. The six-year veteran’s career splits against southpaws leaves a lot to be desired.

If the Pirates accept that hitting Jaso first against lefties is not an ideal situation, here are the candidates to fill that role.



Posted on March 24, 2016, in MLB Reports and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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