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Keep an eye on Pearce this season


I'll admit this is very premature and based on nothing but gut feelings, but I'm starting to think Steve Pearce could be this year's Neil Walker. By that I mean he's a guy who's been around forever and was once considered a hot prospect but then fell into disfavor and was forgotten. And like Walker, I think he might be a pleasant surprise for us this year.

Notwithstanding his throwing error yesterday, I'm totally impressed by how quickly Pearce has taken to third base and he looks far more comfortable than I would have dreamed given how little he's played there.

At the plate, he seems to have a better approach than I remember -- probably the Hurdle influence.

Until Alvarez starts heating up, I think Pearce should be platooning at third to spare Pedro having to face tough lefties. And even after Pedro gets it together, I think Pearce should be in the lineup against every lefthander, whether he's playing third, first or right.

I don't know whether Pearce is ready to be an everyday player, but he kills lefties and he gives us a real viable option to guys like Alvarez, Jones and Overbay who struggle against southpaws.

I can't put my finger on it, but I just have a good feeling about Pearce this year.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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