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One Notable Problem With Pirates’ Outfield Construction (+)

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Jack Suwinski, Pittsburgh Pirates

On paper, it looks like the Pittsburgh Pirates will be receiving plenty of offensive contribution from their outfield in 2024.

Left fielder Bryan Reynolds is coming off of yet another solid season at the plate and has been the Pirates’ most consistent producer since his All-Star campaign in 2021. This past season, Reynolds led the Pirates in RBIs (84), hits (151), was tied for first in doubles (31) and was second in home runs (24) and OPS (.790).

To his left, Jack Suwinski showcased his power potential while manning center field the majority of the time. The 25-year-old led the Pirates with a .793 OPS and his 26 home runs. With his first full season in the big leagues under his belt, the Pirates are hoping Suwinski will take another step forward and be a more consistent threat.

The third outfield spot is still up for grabs, but the Pirates recently acquired Edward Olivares in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. Olivares played in a career-high 107 games last season and recorded 39 extra-base hits, 12 of which were home runs.

General manager Ben Cherington said they feel there is even more potential yet to be unleashed when it comes to the 27-year-old Olivares.

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