Ji Hwan Bae
2B,CF - PIT
Pirates infielder/outfielder Ji-Hwan Bae is back in the starting lineup Thursday versus the Cubs.
Bae got the night off in his club's 13-7 win on Wednesday but will return to hit ninth for the series finale on Thursday. It's been tough sledding at the plate for Bae who is hitting just .236 two homers and a .614 OPS on the season but also has a hefty 23 steals in 104 games.
Bae had a productive day at the plate, driving in two runs while also scoring twice and stealing a base in three at-bats.
This performance adds to his season-long contributions, which include a .277 batting average, 19 stolen bases, and a 16 RBI through 57 games played.
Bae improved his stolen base total to 18 on the season while adding a run scored on Monday night.
The 23-year-old has hit .275 to this point in the season but doesn't hit for much power with just two homers and a .088 isolated power on the campaign. His .271 xwOBA is also below his .309 wOBA so we should see his production tail off moving forward.
Ji Hwan Bae went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored in the Pirates' 13-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
The 23-year-old center fielder has been heating up at the plate recently, hitting .348 over his last seven games. Despite a slow start to the season, Bae has been a key contributor for the Pirates with his speed on the basepaths, stealing 14 bases in 41 games played.