Action in the bullpen

August 4, 2010 1 comment

So Chris Resop is finally a Pirate. All my wild eyed speculation and suggestions of trading for him turned out to be unnecessary after all. It’s a little strange though. You can see the Braves didn’t want to lose him, which is why they called him up and also why they hid him on the DL, but he still has a corner or two to turn before being useful in a major league rotation. Can Kerrigan help him turn the corner? We’ll see.

I had a post on the roster crunch that I spoke about as well as some more wild-eyed fanboy speculation on what the Pirates could do to improve as a team in 2011, but I decided to delay it till tomorrow, with the new Buccos all coming in. Follow after the jump for more about the “exciting” new rotation, a draft signee and a shout out of a little mentioned reliever…

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Deadline Comments- Part 2- Dotel and the Capps effect

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Continuing with the discussion of the trade deadline, who expected that Matt Capps, non-tendered by the Pirates in 2010 would have a 2010 like this one? Wins the All Star game, and then brings back Wilson Ramos from the Twins, in what was either a brilliantly prescient move by the Twins, or one made in fearful panic.

Ramos has had a down year in 2010, but that shouldn’t have equated to Matt Capps, unless the Twins saw something they felt would hurt him down the road- the big advantage for Ramos though is that even though his hitting value is heavily tied to his sluggin, the defense remains good, by all accounts, and the absence of walks is not going to make life as hard for him as for regular position players while his defense stays solid.

If Capps had not been non-tendered, would Ramos have been a Pirate? Maybe, maybe not- maybe Capps wouldn’t even have rebounded as a Pirate. However, I do believe that it was this deal that paved the way for the Pirates to get what they eventually did in the Dotel deal. More after the jump…

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Deadline Comments- Part 1- Bowker and the OF/1B situation

August 2, 2010 1 comment

Deadlines will come and deadlines will go, but Smizik apparently will go on forever. Oh and don’t even dare venture into the comment space, if you don’t want your day wasted. Charlie attempted to answer some of their questions on Bucs Dugout, but that’s about as far as I d recommend going!

In any case, I loved the deadline deals for the Pirates, but there are a couple of things that bothered me too, and I’ll go into them in Smizik style, detailing the good, the bad and the ugly. Actually, only the first 2, there’s no ugly here for me.
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Garrett Jones’ performance

The best story of the 2009 Pirates, and perhaps even the 2010 Pirates has been Garrett Jones’s performance. No one expects a rookie to suddenly make it big at his age. For a franchise that has been about as unlucky as possible, it was a welcome change. In half a season last year, Jones was worth 2.7 WAR. In 2010 though, he’s been worth about half that in almost the same number of games. Where lies the difference between the 2009 and the 2010 Garrett Jones?
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Rookie Seasons thus far

This has been a great season for rookies thus far, with Stephen Strasburg and Carlos Santana lighting up the big leagues. For the Pirates, it’s been exciting too, even though their rookie seasons haven’t gone quite as well. Further, there have been more promotions in the minor leagues with Alex Presley, Danny Moskos, Bryan Morris all moving up levels. For the time being, we’ll restrict ourselves only to the big-leaguers, namely, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Brad Lincoln and Neil Walker, the last of whom has already been bitten by the Pirate bug, and suffered a concussion. The small sample size argument applies to every part of this post, so take the information here merely as a “Here’s where they stand now” rather than anything more.

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Prospect or not? Matt Hague

So, across the organization, the injury bug is ripping out the hope, huh? Duke at the ML level, Brock Holt and Tony Sanchez in Bradenton are the latest to be bitten. On the other side, we’ve had positive starts from Kelson Brown, Chase Lyles and Adalberto Santos in State College, and Altoona keeps right on rolling! Heck, the Buccos even broke the string of losses and got a 2 win streak to boot.

But this post, like most of this blog, is about the positives. And while I’ll talk a little bit about Altoona, I’ll focus on some individuals too. The 46-24 Curve are 10 games ahead in their division leading from the Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Os, the only team in the majors with a worse record than the Pirates! Bryan Morris and Rudy Owens’ performances are well-documented, so I won’t go into those too much. So also with Danny Moskos, who has been great in the closing role for Altoona. Here’s hoping these 3 can continue their ways. But 3 people don’t carry a club, and the other, more intriguing (because they come with less hype) guys in Altoona are the ones we will discuss here. Justin Wilson and Alex Presley, 2 guys who have been great this year, were prospects but with question marks- they were on the borderline of too-old-for-the-level, and needed to make their play on the field speak, which it is doing. We’ll take a closer look at them later. D’Arnaud, Mercer and Harrison, the infield trio promoted from Lynchburg after winning the championship scuffled some, especially the first 2, and Harrison has his question marks. D’Arnaud and Mercer look like they are starting to make the adjustments necessary, but we’ll have to wait for their performances to make an impact. Gorkys Hernandez has a long way to go after an abysmal year in the Pirates’ system.

But the guy I really want to look at in this post is 1B Matt Hague. Read more…

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Prospects, prized prospects and the other kind

June 15, 2010 1 comment

Apparently, the promotion of Pedro Alvarez to the big leagues is a suspense-filled soap opera, if you follow one Ron Cook. Apparently, Huntington’s future rests on his performance immediately upon his promotion, and Alvarez is the last bullet in the gun that Huntington should go down firing so that there aren’t any left in the Evan Chambers in Indianapolis. Wait, no, Evan Chambers isn’t in Indy; ha… gun? What? Confused? That’s what Cook’s article leaves you with. Confusion. Pedro Alvarez will decide Neal Huntington’s fate with his performance. It’s not like he was the consensus pick or anything.

All this is moot, of course, if you follow the right columns and haven’t read Cook. Should I unlink the article? Cutch-22… catch, of course.

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