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Manager John Russell fully expects Ronny Cedeno to be the Pirates starting shortstop in 2011.
“I think Ronny’s made a pretty good statement,” Russell said. “He’s done some very good things, especially in the second half. He’s still got some things to accomplish. He’s made great strides in a lot of areas.”
Cedeno–who has started in 110 games this season– is batting .245 with six homers, 31 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
“It’s not an easy position to fill,” Russell said. “This isn’t a make-or-break three weeks for him. He’s made a lot of progress. I see no reason why Ronny Cedeno shouldn’t be our shortstop.”
Pedro Ciriaco and Argenis Diaz, who are both currently with the club can play short stop as well.
“It’s nice to hear him [John Russell] say that,” Cedeno said. “I want to gain some consistency. Right now I’m just trying to help the team win. I’d like to be the man, the everyday shortstop next year. We’ll see what happens.”
During Wednesday’s 9-3 loss to the Braves, Ciriaco got his first opportunity to show the Pirates he could be the shortstop of the future.
In the ninth inning, Ciriaco came in to pinch-hit for Chan Ho Park. In his first major league at-bat, Pedro hit a RBI double. Not only did he get his first hit but he also picked up his first career RBI.
Going into the 2011 season, Ciriaco’s is being considered for to play shortstop.
Ronny Cedeno –the Pirates current shortstop– has shown flashes of potential but has been very inconsistent this season. He will also be arbitration eligible for the third time and would be due for a raise. (He is currently making $1.125 M.)
“I don’t know if I’m going to play or not, but I’m going to be here and learn from the veteran guys here and work and have fun as much as I can,” Ciriaco said. “I was little and started playing, it was my dream to be in the big leagues. When I found out, it was amazing for me.”
Ciriaco was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal that sent Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and D.J Carrasco in return for Pedro as well as Catcher, Chris Synder.
Since being traded, he was batting .281 with Triple-A Indy.