Comments on: Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Lineup http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: mikez09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13949 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:42:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13949 Jones struggles with RISP, thats why he doesn’t bat cleanup…

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By: Andrew Smalley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13933 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13933 Jones walked at a pretty good clip last year, as I think his BB rate was ~10%. If he only plays against RHPs, that number should increase even more.  His plate discipline is ahead and proven more than Hague’s.

If Hague – as you project – were to hit ~.280 and hit 15 HRs, combined w/ average defense, would make him a well below-average 1B. One needs to OPS more than his AAA numbers to be considered even average in the Big Leagues.  He’s a solid bench option, but, as of this point, not an everyday starter. People that think he is are either not aware of the meaningless of ST results or are not aware of the high threshold that playing 1B means in terms of one’s bat and power projections.

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By: ecbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13932 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:42:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13932 my major concerns are that Barajas and Barmes will struggle to match what they did in 2011.

Need Pedro, Walker, McCutch to improve.  Tabata and Pressley to be able to perform at high level for an entire season and for first basemen to combine for at least league average.

That is a lot of questions for one team.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13929 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:17:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13929 IMO, Hague is legit, legit when someone looks at him realistically, he should hit somewhere around 15 homeruns and a batting average somewhere between .280 and .300.  if he plays regularly for the Bucs, he could hit a few more than people expect in Pittsburgh, Victory Field, the Indians home field is a very big ball park, pitchers are more around the plate in the majors.

I do agree with the crowd that says if Hague can’t play everyday, then send him down. The platoon that they will start the season with IMO should produce somewhere around 20-25 home runs and a BA somewhere between .240 and .250. with a lot more strikeouts than you would see from Hague, plus a lot less walks than you would see with Hague.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13928 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:07:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13928 I agree that the number by itself does not mean much, but the numbers by themselves don’t mean much anytime if they are not dissected. Alvarez had good numbers at AAA, but according to the Indians Play by Play announcer, he did not think Alvarez was ready for the majors when he got called up, his numbers mask the types of hits he was getting, not hits a power hitter should have been getting.

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By: Andrew Smalley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13922 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:13:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13922 I know this site prides itself on its thoroughness and its attention to detail and it is very much appreciated.  However, with that being said, do we really need to include counting stats like RBIs and SP Wins/Losses?  Both metrics are misleading and irrelevant and do more harm to a complete picture of a player than help.

Saying that someone led the team in RBIs (in Spring Training nonetheless) really doesn’t say anything at all…..

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By: Ross http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-preview-starting-lineup.html#comment-13921 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:09:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=27900#comment-13921 i’d rather see Walker batting 5th. Jones/McGehee definitely have more of a perception of having that “anytime power”. a prototypical #5 hitter is known to be the “RBI guy” in the lineup, which is definitely Walker in the Pirates’ case

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