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Steve Pearce

35-Year-Old Outfielder – Boston Red Sox

2018 Stats

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.330

HR

5

RBI

21

R

21

SB

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Injuries limited Pearce for the second straight season, as his recovery from elbow surgery impacted his workload during spring training, before calf, knee, and an eventual season-ending back injury al...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 200   DOB: 4/13/1983   BORN: Lakeland, FL   COLLEGE: South Carolina   DRAFTED: 8th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Steve Pearce Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $12.5 million contract with the Blue Jays in December of 2016. Traded to the Red Sox in June of 2018.

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Pearce (shin) will serve as designated hitter and bat fifth against the Blue Jays on Sunday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.

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Steve Pearce Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 23 A A 90 362 328 48 87 42 27 1 14 60 7 5 34 65 0 0 0 .265 .348 .482 .830
2007 24 AA ALT 81 335 290 57 97 43 27 2 14 72 7 2 33 45 0 8 4 .334 .400 .586 .986
2007 24 AAA IND 34 131 122 18 39 16 9 1 6 17 5 0 6 12 0 0 3 .320 .366 .557 .923
2007 24 MAJ PIT 23 73 68 13 20 6 5 1 0 6 2 1 5 12 0 0 0 .294 .342 .397 .740
2008 25 AAA IND 103 433 386 47 97 39 26 1 12 60 10 4 32 75 4 6 5 .251 .312 .417 .729
2008 25 MAJ PIT 37 119 109 6 27 11 7 0 4 15 2 0 5 22 0 2 3 .248 .294 .422 .716
2009 26 AAA IND 76 312 269 37 77 32 18 1 13 54 3 7 33 45 1 3 6 .286 .373 .506 .879
2009 26 MAJ PIT 60 186 165 19 34 18 13 1 4 16 1 0 21 43 0 0 0 .206 .296 .370 .665
2010 27 A+ BRA 2 8 7 2 3 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .429 .500 .714 1.214
2010 27 AAA IND 35 158 129 25 42 19 14 2 3 15 7 2 24 27 0 4 1 .326 .424 .535 .959
2010 27 MAJ PIT 15 38 29 4 8 3 2 1 0 5 0 0 7 6 0 2 0 .276 .395 .414 .809
2011 28 R GUL 1 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .667 .750 .667 1.417
2011 28 A+ BRA 3 10 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .400
2011 28 AAA IND 7 30 30 5 8 5 2 0 3 6 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 .267 .267 .633 .900
2011 28 MAJ PIT 50 105 94 8 19 3 2 0 1 10 0 0 7 21 1 2 1 .202 .260 .255 .515
2012 29 AAA SCR 53 227 192 37 61 26 15 0 11 30 3 1 29 33 0 1 5 .318 .419 .568 .987
2012 29 MAJ BAL 28 83 71 8 18 7 4 0 3 14 0 1 8 17 2 2 0 .254 .321 .437 .758
2012 29 MAJ HOU 21 75 63 2 16 5 4 1 0 8 1 1 7 16 0 2 3 .254 .347 .349 .696
2012 29 MAJ NYY 12 30 25 6 4 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 5 8 0 0 0 .160 .300 .280 .580
2012  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ BAL/HOU/NYY 61 188 159 16 38 13 8 1 4 26 1 2 20 41 2 4 3 .239 .328 .377 .705
2013 30 R GUL 2 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
2013 30 A FRE 2 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 .167 .375 .167 .542
2013 30 MAJ BAL 44 138 119 14 31 11 7 0 4 13 1 0 15 25 0 0 4 .261 .362 .420 .782
2014 31 MAJ BAL 102 383 338 51 99 47 26 0 21 49 5 0 40 76 0 1 4 .293 .373 .556 .929
2015 32 R GUL 2 8 7 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .804
2015 32 AA BOW 2 7 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .286 .400 .686
2015 32 MAJ BAL 92 325 294 42 64 29 13 1 15 40 1 1 23 69 0 1 7 .218 .289 .422 .711
2016 33 A+ CHA 2 8 7 2 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .429 .500 .571 1.071
2016 33 MAJ BAL 25 70 60 9 13 5 2 0 3 6 0 0 8 14 0 0 2 .217 .329 .400 .729
2016 33 MAJ TB 60 232 204 26 63 22 11 1 10 29 0 3 26 40 0 1 1 .309 .388 .520 .908
2016  (Multiple Teams) 33 MAJ BAL/TB 85 302 264 35 76 27 13 1 13 35 0 3 34 54 0 1 3 .288 .374 .492 .867
2017 34 AA NEW 4 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .000 .063 .000 .063
2017 34 AAA BUF 2 8 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .286 .375 .286 .661
2017 34 MAJ TOR 92 348 313 38 79 31 17 1 13 37 0 0 27 68 0 3 5 .252 .319 .438 .757
2018 35 AAA BUF 4 15 11 1 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 .364 .533 .636 1.169
2018 35 MAJ BOS 9 28 24 5 11 5 4 0 1 5 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 .458 .500 .750 1.250
2018 35 MAJ TOR 26 86 79 16 23 10 6 0 4 16 0 0 7 14 0 0 0 .291 .349 .519 .868
2018  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ BOS/TOR 35 114 103 21 34 15 10 0 5 21 0 0 9 16 0 1 1 .330 .386 .573 .959
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3-Year Averages     89 324 290 38 73 28 14 1 13 37 0 1 28 63 0 1 5 .252 .327 .441 .769
Career  (View All)     696 2,319 2,055 267 529 214 123 7 84 273 13 7 213 453 3 17 31 .257 .334 .447 .780

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Steve Pearce Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jul. 14 Tor Did not play.
Jul. 13 Tor Did not play.
Jul. 12 Tor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .330 .386 .573 .959
Jul. 11 Tex Did not play.
Jul. 10 Tex Did not play.
Jul. 9 Tex 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .330 .381 .573 .954
Jul. 8 @KC 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .323 .376 .545 .921
Jul. 7 @KC Did not play.
Jul. 6 @KC 5 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .309 .356 .536 .892
Jul. 4 @Was 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .293 .343 .511 .854
Jul. 3 @Was 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .307 .358 .534 .892
Jul. 2 @Was Did not play.
Jul. 1 @NYY 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .298 .352 .524 .876
Jun. 30 @NYY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .301 .356 .530 .886
Jun. 29 @NYY 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .301 .356 .530 .886
Jun. 28 LAA Did not play.
Jun. 27 @Hou 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .291 .349 .519 .868
Jun. 26 @Hou Did not play.
Jun. 25 @Hou Did not play.
Jun. 24 @LAA 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .299 .349 .532 .881
Jun. 23 @LAA 2 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .306 .359 .556 .915
Jun. 22 @LAA 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .355 .514 .869
Jun. 21 @LAA Did not play.
Jun. 20 Atl Did not play.
Jun. 19 Atl Did not play.
Jun. 17 Was Did not play.
Jun. 16 Was Did not play.
Jun. 15 Was Did not play.
Jun. 13 @TB Did not play.
Jun. 12 @TB Did not play.
Last 7 Games 6 2 4 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .667 .700 1.167 1.867
Last 14 Games 20 5 9 3 0 1 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .450 .500 .750 1.250
Last 30 Games 37 7 16 5 0 2 8 3 5 0 0 1 1 0 .432 .476 .730 1.206
Steve Pearce Minors Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jun. 20 Pawtucket 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .250
Jun. 19 Pawtucket 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 1.333 1.667
Jun. 17 Rochester 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Jun. 16 Rochester 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .833
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 11 1 4 0 0 1 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 .364 .533 .636 1.169

Steve Pearce: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 9 12 9 3 12
2017 10 85 85 2
2016 40 15 2 12 7 6 13
2015 28 18 49 41 8 1
2014 51 40 35 8 8
2013 3 18 15 3 18
2012 19 36 23 19 2
2011 16 10 5 5
2010 11
2009 42 1 1

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Steve Pearce: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 4
2018 2

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Steve Pearce Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201859123110.339.6101.001
2017879580.207.437.730
201682147180.317.6221.039

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20184492100.318.523.903
2017226298290.270.438.767
2016182216170.275.434.788

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018369180.333.528.912
2017146176210.233.418.721
2016131146160.267.481.826

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201867124130.328.597.984
2017167217160.269.455.788
2016133217190.308.504.906
Steve Pearce vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Marcus Stroman TOR 7 4 1 0 1 2 3 2 0 0 .571 .700 1.143 1.843

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Steve Pearce Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2006 23 A A 362 328 9.4% 18% 0.52 80% .293 .217
2007 24 AA ALT 335 290 9.9% 13.4% 0.73 84% .347 .252
2007 24 AAA IND 131 122 4.6% 9.2% 0.50 90% .317 .237
2007 24 MAJ PIT 73 68 6.8% 16.4% 0.42 82% .357 .103
2008 25 AAA IND 433 386 7.4% 17.3% 0.43 81% .279 .166
2008 25 MAJ PIT 119 109 4.2% 18.5% 0.23 80% .271 .174
2009 26 AAA IND 312 269 10.6% 14.4% 0.73 83% .299 .220
2009 26 MAJ PIT 186 165 11.3% 23.1% 0.49 74% .254 .164
2010 27 A+ BRA 8 7 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 86% .500 .285
2010 27 AAA IND 158 129 15.2% 17.1% 0.89 79% .379 .209
2010 27 MAJ PIT 38 29 18.4% 15.8% 1.17 79% .320 .138
2011 28 R GUL 4 3 25% 25% 1.00 67% 1.000 .000
2011 28 A+ BRA 10 6 40% 20% 2.00 67% .000 .000
2011 28 AAA IND 30 30 0% 30% 0.00 70% .278 .366
2011 28 MAJ PIT 105 94 6.7% 20% 0.33 78% .243 .053
2012 29 AAA SCR 227 192 12.8% 14.5% 0.88 83% .336 .250
2012 29 MAJ BAL 83 71 9.6% 20.5% 0.47 76% .283 .183
2012 29 MAJ HOU 75 63 9.3% 21.3% 0.44 75% .327 .095
2012 29 MAJ NYY 30 25 16.7% 26.7% 0.63 68% .188 .120
2012  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ BAL/HOU/NYY 188 159 10.6% 21.8% 0.49 74% .288 .138
2013 30 R GUL 5 5 0% 0% 0.00 100% .400 .000
2013 30 A FRE 8 6 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 83% .200 .000
2013 30 MAJ BAL 138 119 10.9% 18.1% 0.60 79% .300 .159
2014 31 MAJ BAL 383 338 10.4% 19.8% 0.53 78% .322 .263
2015 32 R GUL 8 7 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 86% .333 .143
2015 32 AA BOW 7 5 0% 0% 0.00 100% .167 .200
2015 32 MAJ BAL 325 294 7.1% 21.2% 0.33 77% .232 .204
2016 33 A+ CHA 8 7 12.5% 0% 0.00 100% .429 .142
2016 33 MAJ BAL 70 60 11.4% 20% 0.57 77% .233 .183
2016 33 MAJ TB 232 204 11.2% 17.2% 0.65 80% .342 .211
2016  (Multiple Teams) 33 MAJ BAL/TB 302 264 11.3% 17.9% 0.63 80% .318 .204
2017 34 AA NEW 16 15 6.3% 18.8% 0.33 80% .000 .000
2017 34 AAA BUF 8 7 0% 25% 0.00 71% .400 .000
2017 34 MAJ TOR 348 313 7.8% 19.5% 0.40 78% .281 .186
2018 35 AAA BUF 15 11 20% 6.7% 3.00 91% .333 .272
2018 35 MAJ BOS 28 24 7.1% 7.1% 1.00 92% .455 .292
2018 35 MAJ TOR 86 79 8.1% 16.3% 0.50 82% .311 .228
2018  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ BOS/TOR 114 103 7.9% 14% 0.56 84% .349 .243
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3-Year Averages     324 290 8.6% 19.4% 0.44 78% .279 .189
Career     2,319 2,055 9.2% 19.5% 0.47 78% .290 .190

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Steve Pearce Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
1B 2017 55 1 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 58 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
LF 2017 637 -6 27 -3 -2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 54 -4 - -2 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0
RF 2018 16 1 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Steve Pearce    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.56 BB/K
GOOD
7.9% BB Rate
AVERAGE
14.0% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.959 OPS
ELITE
.386 OBP
ELITE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.330 AVG
ELITE
.349 BABIP
HIGH
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.573 SLG
ELITE
.243 ISO
GREAT

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Steve Pearce: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Pearce (shin) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Sean McAdam of BostonSportsJournal.com reports.

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Pearce (shin) is not in the lineup against Toronto on Friday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

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Pearce is day-to-day with a shin contusion after undergoing X-rays Thursday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

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Pearce (lower leg) exited Thursday's game against the Blue Jays in the third inning, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

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Pearce went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Monday's victory over the Rangers.

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Pearce went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs and an RBI to help the Red Sox to a 10-5 win over the Royals on Friday.

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Pearce is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals.

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Pearce started at first base Friday and went 2-for-4 in an 8-1 loss to the Yankees.

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Pearce was traded to the Red Sox on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

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Pearce came off the bench and went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in Saturday's win over the Angels.

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Pearce (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will bat leadoff against the Angels on Friday, Mike Wilner of BlueJaysTalk reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Pearce silenced doubters with a productive, though injury-shortened, 2016 season. The Rays plugged the 33-year-old in at several different positions throughout the season, and he was slashing .309/.388/.520 with 10 home runs in 60 games when he was traded to the Orioles in early August. He saw inconsistent playing time in a utility role for the O's before being placed on the disabled list late in the year. He finished the year with a solid 136 wRC+ between the two clubs. Pearce had surgery in September to repair the flexor mass tendon in his elbow, and he should be ready for the start of the season. The Blue Jays signed Pearce to a two-year deal early in the offseason. It is possible that he opens the year as the everyday left fielder, but another acquisition could force him into the short side of a platoon (130 career wRC+ against LHP, 100 wRC+ against RHP).

2016

Pearce seemed like a can't miss post-hype sleeper last year after his breakout 2014 season. The follow-up to that success was Pearce's dud of a 2015 season and he eventually fell back into a part-time role. There is a possibility that 2014 was a career year. Pearce still hit a healthy amount of home runs given his limited at-bats, but he took a major step backward in his hitting. He generated a 30.1 hard-hit percentage, indicating a step back in the quality of his contact. That same number was in the mid-30s in each of the three prior seasons, so it was no surprise that Pearce's .232 BABIP in 2015 was 90 points behind that of the previous season. Pearce entered free agency over the offseason, but there was no guarantee he would find every day at-bats wherever he lands. His power numbers are a safe bet, but his ceiling as a contact hitter is limited.

2015

At age 31, Pearce finally received his first prolonged opportunity as a near-everyday player for the Orioles. Previously labeled as a Quad-A player, Pearce's raw power turned into 21 homers in just 383 plate appearances, and he posted steady numbers in the second half (.265/.362/.543) following a first half that was fueled by an excellent June (.361/.432/.667). There is enough swing and miss in Pearce's game (20.0% K%) to bank on an average much closer to his .255 career mark than the .293 he delivered last season, but he's always shown a good eye at the plate (9.8% BB%), and he wasn't overmatched by right-handed pitching. Playing time may be more difficult for Pearce to come by in 2015, depending on the Orioles' offseason acquisitions and the health of Chris Davis and Manny Machado as the team's primary corner infielders. At the very least, he should get regular starts against lefties, and similar power production is a reasonable expectation if he can approach 400 plate appearances again.

2014

Pearce battled wrist issues for nearly half of the 2013 season, but he got chances at regular playing time and did not produce much despite the opportunity. Pearce's line drive rate is just over 17% over the last two seasons and his .160 ISO in 2013 shows he does not do enough against big league pitching despite a strong raw power tool. Nonetheless, the Orioles are bringing Pearce back to compete for a platoon or reserve role with at-bats in left field and at DH hanging in the balance if he shows signs of being a late bloomer.

2013

Pearce bounced around in 2012, changing hands five times while the Orioles reacquired him at the very end of the season to give him a chance to compete for a role in 2013. While logging 28 games with the Orioles earlier in the season, it looked like Pearce was ready to grab the vacant left field job. Pearce's raw power has not been realized at the MLB level, disappointing with 13 home runs in 624 career at-bats. Pearce simply has not proven he can handle MLB pitching, though he did have a .318/.419/.568 line in Triple-A throughout 192 at-bats in 2012. He will have a difficult time making the Orioles unless injuries pave the way.

2012

Pearce hit just .202/.260/.255 with Pittsburgh last year. He'll likely add depth at Triple-A, but he could contend for a utility role and could find playing time if Justin Morneau isn't able to return from concussion issues. He's never turned his strong on-base skills in the minors into production in the majors, but there's still time at age 29 for him to carve out a steady major league role.

2011

It finally looked like Pearce belonged in a major league uniform in 2010, at least until he suffered a high ankle sprain in May. After coming back from that injury, Pearce hurt his knee and subsequently underwent season-ending surgery. He was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster in the offseason, but where he stands within the organization is anyone's guess. Pearce batted .326/.424/.535 in 129 Triple-A at-bats, though he's had success in the high minors before. Space at first base and in the outfield is becoming more and more limited these days in Pittsburgh, and the right-handed Pearce will have to hope for a platoon at first base to get another crack in the majors.

2010

Pearce didn't look quite as overmatched in 2009 as he did in 2008, but that's about as good as it gets for the smallish first baseman. He finally got his first extended looks, with starter Adam LaRoche leaving and then supposed September callup, Jeff Clement, going out with an oblique injury. Things didn't go Pearce's way, however, as he hit just .206/.296/.370 in 165 at-bats. Breaking pitches continue to give Pearce problems and until he learns to lay off pitches outside of the strike zone, there's little reason to keep him on fantasy radars. His minor league player of the year campaign of 2007 seems like a long, long time ago.

2009

Pearce's prospect bubble burst in 2008 and it took much of the season for him to find his bearings before recovering somewhat in September. The stout right-handed hitter probably wasn't quite as good as his 2007 minor league player of the year award suggested, but the .333 batting average and 33 homers were hard to ignore. Last year, after struggling to a .248/.294/.422 Triple-A line, Pearce made his way to the offensively-starved Pirates following the trade deadline. He failed to produce and was benched until Nyjer Morgan was injured. Pearce then took advantage of the last 10 days of the season, knocking three home runs to help salvage a disappointing campaign. The 26-year-old still has a window of opportunity until the Pirates recall Andrew McCutchen, but he'll have to have a strong spring training to regain some trust within the Pittsburgh organization.

2008

Pearce proved to be the white knight in an otherwise barren farm system for the Pirates in 2007. Yes, he's old for an impact rookie at 25, but his numbers are oh-so-nice. Pearce was named Minor League Baseball's Player of the Year, batting a combined .330 between High-A Lynchburg and Double-A Altoona. Pearce ranked third among all minor leaguers in total bases (303), fourth in RBI (113), fifth in extra-base hits (75), fifth in slugging percentage (.622) and tied for seventh in home runs (31). He also held his own after the Pirates called him up in September, posting a .294 average. The smallish power hitter (he's 5-foot-11, 205 pounds) also put up a decent BB:K ratio of 39:57 last year, another good sign. The outfield is crowded in Pittsburgh, but even the Pirates will likely find a way to fit the promising Pearce into their starting lineup on a regular basis. Watch him closely in spring training and be ready to pounce.

2007

Pearce batted a combined .273 with 26 homers and 98 RBI between Low-A Hickory and High-A Lynchburg in 2006. The Pirates face a dearth of power-hitting prospects, which in and of itself elevates Pearce to a higher status within the organization. Pittsburgh's third-round draft pick in 2005, Pearce will need to produce some power numbers at Double-A in 2007 to maintain his track to the big leagues.