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Pearce's Stock is Rising

Steve Pearce is exceeding the expectation. Lighting up scoreboards with one of the hottest bats throughout all of the minor leagues, Pearce's offensive production forced Pittsburgh's brass to promote the first baseman to Class AA Altoona after only 19 games with Class A Lynchburg.

"I didn't expect the promotion to come to soon," Pearce said. "But I think I'm ready for it, and I'm pumped." In his second full season within Pittsburgh's farm system, the Pirates' eighth-round selection in 2005 batted .347 with three doubles, 11 home runs and 24 RBIs with the Hillcats. The right-handed hitting Pearce posted an .867 slugging percentage. "The ball looks so big to me right now...

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