Comments on: Where Are the Hitting Prospects? Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:19:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: David Lewis Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:44:00 +0000 And of course, good pitching always beats good hitting, and vice-versa.

By: Anonymous Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:45:00 +0000 No.  One of us had him in a top 30 and maybe one other person in their top 50, but he didn’t place on 3 ballots.

The reality is that he is older and his ceiling is that of a middle reliever, not an extremely valuable commodity.  Guys who are closer and proving themselves in AA and AAA get some extra consideration, but overall it is about ceiling and age-appropriateness.

By: Kevin Sun, 25 Sep 2011 04:27:00 +0000 Of our curiosity did Hughes make the Top 10?

By: Anonymous Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:53:00 +0000 I will state again that it will take ten years to build this farm system. I think eventually this system will have a solid mix of all type of players as long as they keep their focus on acquiring prospects.

However the major league team will just keep shuffling along.

You can’t win with a bunch of hitters batting .220  I don’t care how good the staff is and I really don’t think that the staff next year is going to have the same success that they had at the start of this season. With the way he pitched untill he went down Maholm should have had at least 12 wins at the break and the other pitchers should have had more wins except for the lack of hitting. Maholm won’t be back and nobody really knows what the rest of the staff will do.This first part of the season my have just been an abarition.

The Pirates can’t afford to acquire a good 3b because of Alvarez and Lee won’t sign here again so unless Alvarez finds himself they will have no offense again in the middle of the lineup.

If the Pirates sign Doumit he will only play part time and on top of that he will spend significant time on the DL …..he always does. So there won’t be a lot of offense at catcher.

No offense at SS.

As long as the OF stays healthy the top of the lineup will be good but you can’t have a good team with Cutch and Walker as your middle of the order guys.

I know I got off subject but it is all right not to have 30 HR guys but if you don’t you better have 7 guys hitting 15 with at least a 270 avg.

By: white angus Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:09:00 +0000 totally agree with you, Tim.

IMO pitching depth in the minors is key to building a strong franchise.  top pitching talent is super expensive and its much more sensible to grow your own arms.  excess pitching talent could always be traded for bats, especially since pitching is always at a premium.

By: Tim Williams Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:12:00 +0000 The Pirates already found their pitching prior to this year. Their young hitters struggled, which was the reason they were looking for hitting. In a vacuum your theory might work, but not when you look at the Pirates’ situation and factor in the moves they have made over the years to get to this point.

Also, the final statement works the other way. You win games by giving up fewer runs than your opponent. The successful teams tend to be the ones winning low scoring games, not relying on their offense to score 10 runs to win a 10-9 game.

By: Anonymous Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:59:00 +0000 Tim wrote: “If the 2011 season has taught us anything, it’s that you win with
pitching, and that hitting is easier to acquire than pitching.”

If hitting were easier to acquire than pitching, then the Pirates should have had the hitting they needed and should have found themselves looking for pitching. But the pitching was OK to good for most of the season whereas the hitting has been poor for most of the season.

If a team or the league finds it difficult to locate power hitters, then those power hitters a team does find will be especially valuable. The demand will be high and the supply low. Therefore, having one or more power hitters (and great hitters in general) will provide a competitive advantage on the team that has these hitters.

Finally, a team wins by outscoring its opponents. It does not matter much how it accomplishes this goal. Nevertheless, if good power hitters are scarce in general and relative to the number of good pitchers in the league, then the team that has these good hitters to complement its good pitchers will likely prevail over the pitching only teams.