Comments on: Five Pirates Ranked in Keith Law’s Top 100 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/five-pirates-ranked-in-keith-laws-top-100.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:11:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: F Lang http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/five-pirates-ranked-in-keith-laws-top-100.html#comment-12148 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:15:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=25538#comment-12148 Yes, WA. The only issue I have with Tabata is his age. If he is 26 instead of 23 or whatever than he may not improve much more. Right now his #’s may not be quite good enough to be a starter anywhere unless he improves his average and power. 739 AB and 8 HR’s…he needs to do more.

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By: white angus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/five-pirates-ranked-in-keith-laws-top-100.html#comment-12147 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:36:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=25538#comment-12147 i agree with you both.  look at Tabata:  he’s not a good enough fielder in CF but he doesn’t have the power of a corner outfielder…  so what!  He can fricken play the game, and he plays it well!

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By: F Lang http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/five-pirates-ranked-in-keith-laws-top-100.html#comment-12146 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=25538#comment-12146 No doubt…I don’t blame them for setting some baselines and maybe the Yankees and Boston can set categories in black and white but teams like the Pirates need to blur the lines more than the rich teams. Another thing is with starters: A #1 has this and a #2 has this… you need guys that can get outs. Ideally if you had 5 starters that can post near a 4.00 era or lower you are in great shape. It does’t matter if they throw 97 or 88 if they get the job done. I think I am over generalizing off in the opposite direction but you definitely can’t get hung up on what the norms should be when you are trying to dig yourself out of the cellar and compete with the big boys. With that being said I am glad we have Taillion, Cole, and Heredia who profile as studs. Always easier to buy somethng at the store over sifting through junk in search of a find at a flea market.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/five-pirates-ranked-in-keith-laws-top-100.html#comment-12145 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:34:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=25538#comment-12145  I agree entirely.  I’m kind of tired of scouts and the like focusing on what an “ideal” candidate would bring to the table.  Take Grossman for example, there are plenty of good things that he can bring to the table, at the plate and in the field.  However, everyone wants to boil it down to one of two things; he’s either two slow to play center, or doesn’t hit enough home runs to play right.  There’s more to the game than those two individual attributes.  If he were to consistently hit 15-20, that would be great, especially considering the gap power he possesses.

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By: F Lang http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/five-pirates-ranked-in-keith-laws-top-100.html#comment-12144 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:55:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=25538#comment-12144 I think a lot of scouts and writers get too hung up on what are the norms for the position. They are there for a reason such as speed and range for CF which you have to have but in a case like Grossman he may be short on power for a corner but if you have superior patience like he has shown .280-.290 and 15 HR and 30+ doubles will play just fine at a corner if you combine that with 80+ walks. People always talk 5 tools but drawing walks is a very important tool also. The Pirates being a small market team would be happy to have a RF with only a .440 SLG if he has a .380 OBP. I’d be very happy with an .820 OPS RF/LF. I don’t care how they accomplish that number.

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