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Garrett Jones struggled to hold up his half of the first base platoon this year. Photo Credit: David Hague
The Pittsburgh Pirates have tried a platoon with Garrett Jones for the past three seasons. In 2011 they brought in Matt Diaz and tried to platoon both players in right field. Jones held up his end of the platoon, with an .808 OPS against right-handers. Diaz didn’t hold up his end, with a .704 OPS against left-handers. What made matters worse was that Lyle Overbay struggled at first base, leading to Jones getting more playing time at the position. That led to Jones facing more left-handers, and Diaz facing a lot of right-handers.
In 2012 the Pirates moved the platoon to first base, and brought in Casey McGehee as the platoon partner for Jones. Once again, Jones did well with an .888 OPS against right-handers. McGehee also did well, putting up an .807 OPS against left-handers. However, the Pirates had problems in right field, forcing the platoon apart. Jones went to right, where ...
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Clint Hurdle didn’t completely go by the book this year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
My feelings on managers have been made known on this site: I think that a good manager is usually the result of a good team. A bad manager is usually the result of a bad team. I think that managers can do things to help or hurt the current team, but that their impact is overblown.
Josh Bell could crack a top 100 prospect list next year.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of top prospects in their system. Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco have emerged as consensus top 25 prospects in baseball. Alen Hanson and Tyler Glasnow are both getting attention as top 50 prospects. Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire will most likely crack a lot of top 100 lists next year...
Mesa knocked off Scottsdale for the second straight day, winning on Tuesday afternoon by a 7-4 score. It was the fifth straight loss for the Scorpions, who used five different Pirates players today. At the plate, Scottsdale continued to have trouble making contact, following up a 17 strikeout game on Friday, with 15 strikeouts on Tuesday.
Hanson has made five errors already in the...
Baseball America has released their first top 50 list for the 2014 draft class. This comes with the usual disclaimer that so much can change between now and the actual draft next June. That’s even true when it comes to the pre-season rankings. As an example, the pre-season 2013 rankings had Kris Bryant 12th (he went 2nd overall), Jonathan Gray unranked in the top 50 (he went 3rd...
The Scottsdale Scorpions won for the first time since Opening Day, defeating Surprise by a 2-1 score. It snapped a five game losing streak for the Scorpions. Tyler Waldron pitched well and picked up the win in relief.
It was a light day for Pittsburgh Pirates players Wednesday night. For the first time, not one Pirates player was in the starting lineup. Tyler Waldron came on in...
Throughout the off-season, I will be previewing the available free agents at a few positions of need for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The purpose of these articles is to explore the free agent market, and in my case, to dig deeper into the players who are available. I spend so much time focusing on the players in the Pirates system that I don’t get a lot of time to dig deep into the...
In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.
Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly...
After breaking a five game losing streak last night, Scottsdale lost 10-5 to Surprise on Thursday afternoon to drop to 2-6 on the season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup today, after none started in last night’s game.
Alen Hanson was batting second today after batting lead-off in his last start. He reached on a bunt single in his first AB, then came...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they have added a new minor league affiliate in the Appy League. The team will play in Bristol, VA, starting in 2014. The Pirates Bristol affiliate will play in the five team Appalachian League West Division along with Kingsport (New York Mets), Greeneville (Houston), Elizabethton (Minnesota) and Johnson City (St. Louis).
It’s a shame the Pirates came up a game short in the NLDS and couldn’t advance in the playoffs, but one thing that has struck me since then is that fans hardly seem to be devastated. Sure, it hurts watching the NLCS, knowing the Pirates were one swing of the bat away from being there (against a Dodgers team that is ice cold at the plate all of a sudden). No, we don’t know that...
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the club has added a ninth minor league affiliate to the organization’s development system.
The off-season hasn’t technically even started yet, and the most exciting possible free agent option at the Pirates’ biggest position of need is already off the market. Jose Abreu, the highly touted first baseman from Cuba, narrowed things down to three AL teams earlier Thursday and is finalizing a deal with the White Sox (for six years and $68M – the largest deal ever for...