Comments on: Starling Marte Could Be An Ichiro-lite http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:08:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: Nate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7008 Tue, 24 May 2011 05:24:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7008 The throw that X Paul made to second on the outfield assisted DP a few games ago was amazing.  What an arm!

Still it’s a shame that Presley’s probably not going to get a chance to play everyday for the Bucs.  Would have been neat to see what he could do given the chance to play everyday.  

We keep comparing Paul to Presley, but is Presley really that much different than Tabata?   Tabata most likely has a higher power ceiling.

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By: Nate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7007 Tue, 24 May 2011 05:21:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7007 At first, Alvarez is still unproven; Walker might end up as a corner outfielder, although you have to love the increasingly consistent defense and straight power from 2nd; Rendon may translate to more of a high OBP, with 20 HR, rather than 30 HR third baseman; Cutch will probably top out as a prototypical #2-3 hitter; and Sanchez at catcher seems to have power but nothing exceptional.  

For the sake of the argument, let’s say thing unfold as they do above, with Alvarez coming around and developing into what we want him to, I think the Pirates would still need a power hitting corner outfielder.

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By: Nate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7006 Tue, 24 May 2011 05:17:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7006 Agree with your point on organizational commitments to speed and contact, but an outfield of Tabata, Cutch, and Marte – no matter how fast, would definitely leave you well short on power compared to the rest of the league.  

If Cutch could turn into a true #3 hitter (what is that, perfect blend of OBP and SLG?), maybe Tabata and Marte could work but I don’t know.  Didn’t the White Sox get all speed and defense a couple years ago – I’m not sure how far it got them.I could see Walker as a RF for the Pirates.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7005 Mon, 23 May 2011 23:07:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7005 I’ve mentioned this before, but I think with the pickup of Paul, the end is nigh for Presley.  Paul does everything Presley can do, but has a better arm.

I think Presley will be the 3rd piece of an upcoming trade this season or off-season to net the Pirates a ML piece. 

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7003 Mon, 23 May 2011 21:49:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7003 Crowed outfield, with Marte, we also have Presly,  McCuthen, Tabata, Jones. 
All should be here in 2012. What do we do? Too much talent, we are not used to making decisions on too much talent.

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By: white angus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7002 Mon, 23 May 2011 21:02:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7002 totally agree with you, Kevin…

if Marte truly does make it to the show to team up with Cutch and Tabata, power can come from other parts of the lineup.  

For example, for gits and shiggles, lets say the Pirates draft Rendon and he arrives the same time as Marte.  You will have power coming from 1B, 2B, 3B, CF and possibly catcher.  Tabata and Marte will provide some extra base hits as well.

In baseball land, everyone would prefer a corner player with power, but teams have won with less. 

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-7000 Mon, 23 May 2011 18:59:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-7000 I agree with you about “mainstream thought” but I feel that all of baseball is back in a 80′s state of mind lately.  With steroids easing out of the game, there is more of a committment to speed and contact.

Additionally, if Walker at a non-power position like 2B can hit 20, that eases the burden on a corner OF position a bit. 

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By: Nate http://www.piratesprospects.com/2011/05/starling-marte-could-be-an-ichiro-lite.html#comment-6999 Mon, 23 May 2011 18:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=11043#comment-6999  Mainstream baseball thought would say you need more power out of a corner outfielder, in this case, RF.  I could see him take Tabata’s spot, perhaps.

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