Comments on: Jarek Cunningham interview http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:30:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Bryan http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13862 Sun, 01 Apr 2012 12:43:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13862 I don’t understand the analysis on Hague.  Of course you don’t get a good sample size and have limited number of AB’s in spring training.  But what else do you have to go by except his spring training stats?  At least it is against Major League players.  And he is doing well.  He has earned his spot with the Pirates.  I don’t care if he doesn’t walk.  Just hit baby.  No one is saying he is going to be the next Pujols but give the guy a chance.  He can’t be any worse than the Overbays and LaRoche’s.  And he is still in his mid 20’s.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13843 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 23:16:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13843 Jones kills you on defense. I guess we’re gonna have to
agree to disagree on this one Tim.
 

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By: scrappy2499 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13840 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:28:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13840 oh, ok i thought he was supposed to bounce around yesterday and get a chance to see a lot of pitches.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13837 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:24:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13837 Not good from what I heard. He was on the road.

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By: scrappy2499 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13836 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 20:11:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13836 completely unrelated but how did Pedro hit yesterday?  I heard he was supposed to get multiple at bats.  Was he able to hit a few? 

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13834 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:19:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13834 Here’s my take on the “earning spots” argument. You’re basing this off of 50 at-bats in Spring Training. Why do those matter? Why are we only basing the decision on those at-bats?

Jones has a career .838 OPS against right handers in 1010 major league at-bats. So why do we ignore what he’s done in the past three major league seasons, and just focus on the most recent numbers?

It would be absurd to suggest this at any point in the season. No one would suggest making a change if a guy has two bad weeks in June. And that’s pretty much the equivalent of Spring Training. Overall it’s two weeks worth of numbers.

I think you’re doing more to reward effort by focusing on what a player has done in his career, rather than focusing on a small sample of Spring numbers. I also think that a “what have you done for me lately” approach makes a player feel more unappreciated than sending a player down after 40-50 good at-bats in Spring Training.

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By: keithconto http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13833 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 19:09:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13833 I still gotta disagree with you Tim.  Theres something to be said for effort being rewarded.  One of the things around here that has, in the past, been a problem is players getting spots that didnt deserve them.  And if spring training means nothing then theres no reason to keep stats,  Hague has shown a willingness to do whatever the Pirates have wanted him to do to be a better player.  Rewarding him goes just beyond him, it sends a message throught the ORG that if you work hard and show results, they will be rewarded 

I;d propose sending Pedro down, he clearly has issues.  Then moving Casey to 3rd and working Jones/Hague/RF in some kind of rotation.  Then giving starts to whomever produces the best.

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By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13832 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 17:33:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13832 To date, Hague has shown much stronger numbers versus righties than against lefties.  As a RHB, that means he has a reverse split.  With Jones feeble against lefties, you can’t platoon him with Jones at this point.  But in general, his splits say he may be best as a platoon option.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13831 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:57:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13831 What makes Hague a platoon player?

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/02/jarek-cunningham-interview.html#comment-13825 Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:07:00 +0000 http://pittsburghlumberco.com/?p=1929#comment-13825 The thing is, it’s not Hague vs Jones. It’s Hague vs Jones/McGehee.

Jones is a platoon player. So straight up, I’d take Hague. But since Jones is in a platoon, you can’t really say “I’d take Hague over Jones”. I wouldn’t, because Jones has already proven himself to be able to hit right handers well, which is his role in the platoon.

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