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Pearce Working on Defense

Steven Pearce is seeing ground balls in his sleep.

After splitting time between Class A affiliates Hickory and Lynchburg last season, the first baseman registered a total of 16 miscues in the field. So when the 23-year-old product out of the University of South Carolina completed the regular season, he immediately went to the Pirates' Instructional League in Bradenton, Fla., to sharpen his defensive skills. "I was taking a lot of ground balls... Recommended Stories