First of all, thanks to Cory and Randy for inviting me to join them here at Pittsburgh Lumber Co. I thoroughly enjoy their writing, and I am excited to be joining the site.
Early in the season, many were questioning the play of Freddy Sanchez at second base. His range was poor, most likely the result of a spring training knee injury, and some felt that the Pirates would be better off starting Jose Castillo in his place. In addition, Sanchez was not hitting much better than Castillo was. The extra-base hits from 2006, most notably the league-leading 53 doubles, were nonexistent. The .344 batting average from the previous season was a distant memory.
In the first half of 2007, Jack Wilson was performing pretty much as expected. He was not contributing much at the plate, but was doing a respectable job defensively. Early in June, his defense fell apart as well. On a Saturday afternoon in New York City, Wilson made several misplays as the Yankees swept the Pirates. The next game, ...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.