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PLC Myth-Smashers: “Neal Huntington can’t spot talent”

PLC Myth-Smashers: “Neal Huntington can’t spot talent”

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One oft-repeated complaint about Neal Huntington is that his acquisitions, both at the major and minor league level, have not performed well, that all we hear about is their “potential.” There are legitimate points to debate regarding Huntington’s plan, but the claim that only a few of the players he has brought in have produced, and that this speaks poorly of his evaluation skills, is inaccurate.

Here is a list of players acquired by Huntington that have provided at least average production since joining the Pirates.
Major League
Garrett Jones

Jones was fantastic during his time with the Pirates in 2009, posting a wOBA of .396 in 358 plate appearances. His average is down this year, mostly due to a low BABIP, but he is still providing legitimate above average offense.

Joel Hanrahan

Despite an inflated ERA this season, Hanrahan has been a dominant reliever since coming over from the Nationals. He has 53 strikeouts in 41.2 innings...

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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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