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Are we rushing Tabata to Pittsburgh?

Are we rushing Tabata to Pittsburgh?

In an effort to keep any good ideas from slipping through the cracks, I keep a list of potential writing topics on my phone. Sometimes, I never revisit a topic and it simply remains on the list for months. Left over from this past offseason is the entry “Case for Tabata.” I believe I jotted this down around the time some of the top prospect lists were being published by various websites. I felt that Jose Tabata was being undervalued since his trade to the Pirates, and wanted to back it up with some statistics, etc. Fast forward about three months and, at least in Pittsburgh, it seems as if Tabata is becoming a bit overhyped.

Yesterday, an article in the Tribune-Review stated that Tabata is “putting up big numbers for Triple-A Indianapolis and inching closer to the big club.” Tabata is certainly having an encouraging year at Indy, but I’m not sure a .786 OPS at Triple-A should be considered big numbers. He is hitting .316, but it is mostly empty batting average. His line is vir...

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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.

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