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Steve Pearce
Birthdate: 4/13/1983 (33 y, 11 m, 10 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/205     Position: 1B/OF
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 8, Pick: 11, Overall: 241, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $1.4M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Pearce (elbow) will play left field for the first time this spring in Saturday's Grapefruit League matchup against the Rays, Toronto play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner reports. (3/22/2017)
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Profile: Steve Pearce has a really big FanGraphs page, mostly due to being up and down in the minors and on so many teams for quite some time. Pearce has made an appearance in the majors in 10 straight seasons and has also never had more than 400 plate appearances. Pearce's abilities against left-handed pitching and ability to play a number of positions has led him to a two year deal in Toronto. In two of the past three seasons, Pearce has a 178 or better wRC+ vs. left-handed pitching. This will likely land him in some type of platoon role, potentially even a soft platoon where he still sees right-handed pitching when others are injured or have days off. It is difficult to roster a guy like Pearce in standard leagues due to his plate appearance projection, which is also due to a lengthy injury history. The Blue Jays are still looking for another outfielder as of the new year, but Pearce could be in line for a regular role as of the writing of this blurb. If he does get a regular role, he offers some power upside and the ability to be eligible at first base, second base, and outfield. 

The Quick Opinion: Pearce is most likely looking at a soft platoon role in Toronto, but could force himself into more playing time if he hits like he did in 2014 and 2016. Health has also long been an issue for Pearce, so proceed with caution in expecting his rate stats to be projected over a 500+ plate appearance season. 

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