JERRY SANDS, 25, outfielder
Final 2012 stats: .174 batting average, two doubles, one RBI, one walk, nine strikeouts in just 23 at-bats.
Contract status: Now belongs to the Pirates.
The good: Had a second strong offensive season — at triple-A Albuquerque (.296, 26 homers, 107 RBI in 452 at-bats).
The bad: Thus far has been unable to translate his triple-A game to the majors, though he received almost zero chance last season.
What’s next: Should receive better playing opportunity with the Pirates.
The take: It was hard not to want Sands to succeed. He was big, fairly fast and friendly, and Manager Don Mattingly thought he was a Matt Holiday in the making. Plus with the system otherwise almost devoid of power prospects, there was a need for him to make it. Or at least to believe in it.