Comments on: Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bench Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:47:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Brian Bernard Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:43:00 +0000 Kristy (and/or Tim – it’s in the article) I think this may be my favorite bench the team has had in YEARS. First reason why, is because they really earned their way onto the roster – all of them are the best of the rest, and I’m pretty sure that’s what you want on your team – right?
Additionally, the flexibility they provide along with the fact most of them still have something to prove talent wise are some real good reasons to like the group.
Something that wasn’t mentioned is a small concern, the fact that only one left handed hitter is on the bench with all those power righties in bullpens these days. I think the team is actually lucky though to have a former All-star centerfielder, a Brewers MLB Team MVP, and MLB’s 2012 spring training HR champ, and the FORT on their pine. Really cool, as far as I’m concerned. 
I haven’t had season tickets (10 game pack) for five years, but I picked up another set a few days ago… This team may not be a playoff team yet, but – I like ‘em and I think it’s going to be a pretty good group of guys to root for this year.
GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!

By: Richard Ya'Zhynka Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:09:00 +0000 I like Navarro’s minor league numbers. He hit for some power, had about 15 steals per season, and has a decent walk rate. Is he adequate defensively at shortstop?

By: Richard Ya'Zhynka Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:02:00 +0000 Tim, Why do you prefer the strategy of having players like Hague and Navarro (“prospects”) on the bench rather than players like Nick Evans and Anderson Hernandez? Some would say that the “prospects” are better off getting regular at-bats at AAA.

I believe that Hague and Navarro have done all they need to do at AAA, but I do understand the desire to get them regular at-bats. On the other hand, there does come a time when a prospect has to prove himself as a major league spot starter and pinch hitter.

By: Ian Rothermund Wed, 04 Apr 2012 23:00:00 +0000 I have to say I’m quite pleased with the choices they made.  Nice move putting Leroux on the 60-day.  This way he circumvents the waiver wire, so by then there might be a slot open for him, or they can waive him at that point.

Personally after this Spring, I’m not sure there was really any risk of losing him.  We’ll see though.