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Pirates 2013: Roster breakdown

| Saturday, March 30, 2013, 11:41 p.m.

Rotation

RHP A.J. Burnett

G W-L ERA BB SO

31 16-10 3.51 62 180

Burnett, 36, held Father Time at bay last year, when he notched double-digit wins for the eighth straight season.

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

G W-L ERA BB SO

34 12-13 3.76 56 139

Note: Combined stats, Astros and Pirates

His strikeout rate has dipped the past four years, but so has his opponents' combined batting average on balls put in play.

RHP James McDonald

G W-L ERA BB SO

30 12-8 4.21 69 151

His 92.58 mph average fastball velocity last season was the lowest it's been since 2008 (92.43 mph).

LHP Jonathan Sanchez

G W-L ERA BB SO

15 1-9 8.07 55 45

Note: Combined stats, Royals and Rockies

Lost career-worst nine straight decisions from April 24 to Aug. 3 last season.

LHP Jeff Locke

G W-L ERA BB SO

8 1-3 5.50 11 34

Picked up his first major league win in his final start last season.

Bullpen

RHP Jason Grilli

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

64 1-6 2 2.91 22 90

His ratio of 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings pitched ranked fourth in the NL. In 2006, his ratio was just 4.5.

RHP Mark Melancon

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

41 0-2 1 6.20 12 41

Did not allow a stolen base in 45 innings pitched, second-best mark in AL last year.

LHP Tony Watson

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

68 5-2 0 3.38 23 53

Sore upper back and mechanical woes in spring are caution flags for overuse this summer.

LHP Justin Wilson

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

8 0-0 0 1.93 3 7

Gave up one run in eight big league games, but also surrendered at least one hit in six of those games.

RHP Jared Hughes

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

66 2-2 2 2.85 22 50

Was one of three Long Beach State players (also Evan Longoria and Andrew Carpenter) picked on first day of 2006 draft.

RHP Chris Leroux

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

10 0-0 0 5.56 2 12

He would have been on 2012 Opening Day roster if not for pectoral injury sustained in final preseason game.

RHP Jeanmar Gomez

G W-L Sv ERA BB SO

20 5-8 0 5.96 34 47

Was on Opening Day roster for first time last season with the Indians.

Starters

C Russell Martin

G Avg. HR RBI SB

133 .211 21 53 6

Shoes he wore in the 2007 All-Star Game were sent to the Canadian baseball hall of fame.

1B Garrett Jones

G Avg. HR RBI SB

145 .274 27 86 2

He batted .315 with runners on base and .308 with runners in scoring position last year.

2B Neil Walker

G Avg. HR RBI SB

129 .280 14 69 7

His 14 homers were the most by Pirates second baseman since Warren Morris hit 15 in 1999.

SS Clint Barmes

G Avg. HR RBI SB

144 .229 8 45 0

Batted .438 with one homer and 17 RBI with the bases loaded.

3B Pedro Alvarez

G Avg. HR RBI SB

149 .244 30 85 1

He had seven games with at least four RBI; tied with Josh Hamilton for tops in big leagues.

LF Starling Marte

G Avg. HR RBI SB

47 .257 5 17 12

He hit .318 with three homers against left-handers and .236 with two homers against righties.

CF Andrew McCutchen

G Avg. HR RBI SB

157 .327 31 96 20

Determined to swipe more bases this season after stealing career-low 20 in 2012.

RF Travis Snider

G Avg. HR RBI SB

60 .250 4 17 2

Note: Combined stats, Blue Jays and Pirates

Did not commit an error in 50 games after being traded to Pirates at end of July.

Bench

C Michael McKenry

G Avg. HR RBI SB

88 .233 12 39 0

Batted .313 in 24 games from the seventh spot in the lineup.

INF Gaby Sanchez

G Avg. HR RBI SB

105 .217 7 30 1

Note: Combined stats, Marlins and Pirates Was Miami Marlins' Opening Day starter at first base in each of the past three seasons.

INF John McDonald

G Avg. HR RBI SB

70 .249 6 22 0

Fourteen-year veteran hasn't appeared in more than 84 games in a season since 2007.

OF Jose Tabata

G Avg. HR RBI SB

103 .243 3 16 8

Was Opening Day starter in right field last year, but was demoted to minors on July 3.

INF Josh Harrison

G Avg. HR RBI SB

104 .233 3 16 7

Broke up Justin Verlander's no-hit bid May 18 with one-out single in ninth inning.

EXTRAS

INF Brandon Inge

G Avg. HR RBI SB

83 .218 12 54 0

Combined stats, Tigers and Athletics

Was on the disabled list three times last year, twice with a sore groin and once with a strained shoulder.

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