Rum Bunter’s 2019 Pittsburgh Pirates Staff Preview: Nitti

Michael Nitti
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on September 3, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 03: Adam Frazier #26 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on September 3, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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Opening Day is just a day away for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As Thursday afternoon’s first pitch continues to get closer and closer, the staff here at Rum Bunter continues to churn out their previews for the 2019 edition of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club

Although there isn’t as much buzz around the Pittsburgh Pirates as there is around some of their National League Central Division foes, there’s still plenty to be excited about for this young squad. With the exception of a few players, almost all of the Pirates roster that won 82 games last year is returning. In addition, they also have several young prospects on the cusp of making the big league club.

Now, the Pirates didn’t go out and acquire anyone super enticing that can transcend the organization moving forward. Due to this, the team enters the regular season with question marks at positions such as shortstop, the fifth stater’s spot, and middle relief. Also, due to injuries, right field could be problematic early in the season as well.

That said, there’s enough talent on this team to avoid being the doormat for the rest of the division. Without further ado, let’s get into some predictions! Shall we?

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