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The Nyjer Morgan Situation in a Nutshell

Two Pirates prospects have been turning heads this week, one for his speed, the other for his consistency.

Center fielder Nyjer Morgan treated fans at an Arizona Fall League game on Wednesday to the rare inside-the-park home run. The feat came with two on in the third inning of Phoenix's game against Scottsdale, a game in which Phoenix went on to win, 6-5...

While Morgan continues to showcase his speed out west, Pirates prospect Neil Walker has had another impressive week playing down in Mexico. Walker continues to lead the Mazatlan club in average (.326), RBIs (13) and home runs (three) after hitting .388 since the start of November. The switch-hitting third baseman had three multi-hit games in the past week.

Got that? Nyjer Morgan "turns heads" by doing some circus sideshow thing, whereas Neil Walker (or Steve Pearce, or Nate McLouth, or whomever) "turns heads" by actually hitting well. That's how these things work.

Morgan's actual AFL numbers as the oldest player on the team:

.240/.345/.333, 75 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR

Morgan shouldn't make the team next year as anything more than a fifth outfielder. If you happen to think he should start, I humbly submit that you should watch this video about 80 times to satisfy your appetite for weird plays, and then think about the situation again.