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Team W-L L10 STRK
24-14 5-5 W1
20-17 4-6 L1
16-21 5-5 W1
15-21 6-4 L1
10-26 6-4 W1

2022 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .169 2 4 .537 1

Top Josh VanMeter News

  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sits against southpaw

    VanMeter isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

    Left-hander Drew Smyly is on the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday, so VanMeter will take a seat for the second time in the last three games. Michael Chavis will start at the keystone and bat third.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Hits bench against lefty

    VanMeter is out of the lineup Monday against the Cubs.

    With southpaw Wade Miley on the mound for Chicago, the lefty-hitting VanMeter will give way to the righty-hitting Michael Chavis at the keystone. VanMeter had started in four of the Pirates' last five games, going 4-for-15 with a home run, a triple, a walk and two RBI.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Productive against Dodgers

    VanMeter went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, a triple, a walk and two runs scored Wednesday against the Dodgers.

    VanMeter drew his first start in the last four games, taking over at second base for Cole Tucker. VanMeter made use of the opportunity, slugging his second homer of the season off Tommy Kahnle in the sixth inning. He then led off the eighth frame with a triple and ultimately came around to score. The Pirates have several young infielders who will likely have the priority for playing time in a rebuilding year, so VanMeter may not earn a regular role without an injury ahead of him.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sitting versus lefty

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers.

    The lefty-hitting VanMeter will remain on the bench for the third consecutive game with the Pirates opposing a southpaw (Julio Urias) in the series opener. Michael Chavis will fill in for VanMeter at the keystone.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Not starting second game

    VanMeter isn't starting the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Reds.

    VanMeter started Saturday's matinee at second base, but he closed out the game behind the plate, marking the first time he's played catcher as a professional. Roberto Perez (hamstring) was seen on a crutch after the first game of the twin bill, so it's possible VanMeter will be the emergency catcher behind starter Andrew Knapp in Saturday's nightcap. Cole Tucker will start at second base while Diego Castillo takes over at shortstop.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Not in Sunday's lineup

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

    VanMeter finds himself on the bench for the second straight game against a right-handed pitcher (Tyler Mahle), and his grip on the large-side platoon role at second base may be slipping given his .452 OPS this season. Cole Tucker will receive the start at second base Sunday.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Sits against lefty

    VanMeter is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    After missing a couple of games with an illness, VanMeter checked back into the lineup for Tuesday's 12-8 loss to Milwaukee and struck out in both of his at-bats. The lefty-hitting VanMeter will retreat to the bench Wednesday with southpaw Aaron Ashby on the hill for the Brewers, allowing Michael Chavis to pick up a start at second base.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Back in action Tuesday

    VanMeter (illness) is starting at second base and batting sixth Tuesday against the Brewers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    VanMeter sat out the past two games with an illness but will rejoin the starting nine for Tuesday's series opener versus Milwaukee. The 27-year-old is 4-for-18 with a home run, two additional runs scored and a stolen base through seven games this season.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Out again Sunday

    VanMeter (illness) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

    VanMeter was scratched from Saturday's starting nine due to an illness and won't re-enter the lineup for the series finale. The 27-year-old may not have been in the lineup regardless of the ailment since lefty Justin Steele is pitching for Chicago. Michael Chavis will cover the keystone to open Sunday's contest.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Scratched with illness

    VanMeter was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to an illness, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.

    VanMeter was slated to start at second base Saturday, but with him not feeling well, Cole Tucker will man the keystone instead.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Not starting Thursday

    VanMeter isn't starting Thursday's game against the Cubs.

    VanMeter had started in the last two games against right-handed pitchers, but he'll take a seat Thursday with righty Mark Leiter starting for the Cubs. Michael Chavis will start at the keystone and bat fifth.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Gets second straight start vs. RHP

    VanMeter will start at second base and bat seventh Wednesday against the Brewers.

    For the second straight game, VanMeter will man the keystone while facing off against a right-handed pitcher. In Tuesday's 5-2 loss, VanMeter went 2-for-3 while taking reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes deep for a solo home run, and the 27-year-old will take aim at another quality right-handed pitcher in Brandon Woodruff on Wednesday. With the Pirates leaving the lefty-hitting Hoy Park on the bench for the fifth game in a row, VanMeter appears to have claimed the strong side of a platoon at second base with Diego Castillo.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Goes deep in loss

    VanMeter went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers.

    VanMeter singled in the top of the fifth inning before later sending a Corbin Burnes cutter over the fence in the seventh frame, producing his first long ball of the season. He came into the contest with only one hit in 10 at-bats, so he'll look to turn Tuesday's multi-hit performance into a trend moving forward.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Makes another start at keystone

    VanMeter will start at second base and bat fifth in Monday's game against the Cardinals.

    With Hoy Park shifting over to shortstop Monday in place of a resting Kevin Newman, VanMeter will pick up his second start at the keystone through the Pirates' first four contests. Park's standing atop the depth chart at second base appears shaky, so the lefty-hitting VanMeter could have the opportunity to push for more work at the position, at least against right-handed pitching. VanMeter is still looking for his first hit of the season, after going 0-for-3 with a walk during the first three games of the series in St. Louis.

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  • Pirates' Josh VanMeter: Gets a shot in Pittsburgh

    VanMeter was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Pirates on Thursday in exchange for Listher Sosa.

    VanMeter was designated for assignment Sunday, though he should now have the opportunity to open the season in the majors. His ultimate role will likely be as a utility player and bench bat, but VanMeter could draw starts at third base if Ke'Bryan Hayes (ankle) is not healthy to begin the season. Across 310 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2021, VanMeter hit only .212/.297/.354.

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  • Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Designated for assignment

    VanMeter was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    VanMeter was slated to serve as a utility man in 2022, but he'll lose his spot on the 40-man roster after the Diamondbacks acquired Sergio Alcantara from the Cubs on Sunday. VanMeter made 112 appearances for Arizona last year and hit .212 with six home runs, 36 RBI, 26 runs and three stolen bases.

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  • Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Socks walkoff homer

    VanMeter went 2-for-5 with a home run in Sunday's win over Colorado.

    VanMeter became the team's hero in the season finale with a two-out, walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. It was VanMeter's sixth long ball of the campaign, but he was far from being a steady offensive threat. VanMeter ends the year hitting .212 with a meager .651 OPS across 112 games.

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  • Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Sitting third straight game

    VanMeter is out of the lineup Friday against the Rockies.

    VanMeter was on the bench the past two games with the Giants starting left-handed pitchers, and he won't rejoin the lineup Friday despite the fact Colorado is sending out a righty in Jon Gray. Josh Rojas will shift to the hot corner while Geraldo Perdomo starts at shortstop.

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  • Diamondbacks' Josh VanMeter: Sitting versus southpaw

    VanMeter is not in the lineup Thursday against the Giants.

    VanMeter is on the bench for the second straight game with the Giants starting another left-hander in Scott Kazmir. Ildemaro Vargas will start at the hot corner Thursday for Arizona.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 165 lbs
Birthplace: Ossian, IN
Age: 27
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R