By Jason Shetler
Jordan Luplow will be splitting time at both third base and the outfield this season, this according to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects.
Luplow was the Pirates third round selection in the 2014 MLB Draft. That season, he played the outfield exclusively with 46 games in left field and 12 games in right field for the Jamestown Jammers, the Pirates former short season affiliate. Luplow played primarily third base in his first full season last year for the West Virginia Power, as he posted an .830 OPS and had 36 doubles, which were fourth most in the South Atlantic League. He’ll be playing for the Bradenton Marauders, but will miss the beginning of the season recovering from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. Connor Joe, the Pirates first round supplemental pick in that same draft, is going to play third base for the Marauders, so once Luplow returns, he’ll play both third base and the outfield. The Pirates recently have been wanting their prospects to be more versatile, and this would be a prime example.