I’m a few days late on this, but Dan Szymborski released the 2011 ZiPS projections for Pirates players on Sunday. There is nothing all that earth-shattering in the projections, but there are some certainly a few interesting things to note.
The projection for Tony Sanchez immediately jumps out to me. ZiPS sees him posting the second highest on-base percentage among all Pirates hitters, at .353. Overall, Sanchez comes up with an OPS+ of 99, pretty similar to the projected 102 for Ryan Doumit. Other catchers Chris Snyder (88), Erik Kratz (85), Kris Watts (74) and Jason Jaramillo (69) lag far behind those two. After watching Sanchez catch a few innings in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game over the weekend, it is easy to see that he is already a far better defender than Do...
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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.