Signing Matt Joyce:
There was much optimism around this deal. Many viewed Matt Joyce as a good bounce back veteran who could potentially fill the hole as the left-handed outfielder off the bench.
The spring training invitee hit 15+ home runs every year from 2011-2013. He had a miserable year in 2015 and the Pirates were able to take a flyer on him.
So far they look as though they made the right decision. In Spring Training Joyce got off to a slow start, but by the end of it he was heating up. In Spring Training Joyce also showed some pop and the ability to draw walks.
So far, he has carried that over into the regular season. In 20 games Joyce has a slash line of .320/.500/.600/1.100 (OBP/SLG/OPS). He also has provided 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and has a K/BB ratio of 8/9.
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