Comments on: Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/22 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/prospect-trends-week-ending-422.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:29:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: wtmiller http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/prospect-trends-week-ending-422.html#comment-14520 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:41:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=29409#comment-14520 Reading comprehension not improving, I see. How does saying I don’t “think” he can stay at short constitute “giving up” on him?

And, yeah, there are other people out there who disagree with Law. Like, all of them. The BA guys and Kevin Goldstein, who get their info directly from scouts, share my opinion. Law is the only one of the prospect hounds I know of who sees Hanson as a true SS. I specifically mentioned Law to provide a more encouraging view of Hanson, since I’d love to see him stay at short.

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By: Andrew Smalley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/prospect-trends-week-ending-422.html#comment-14519 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:22:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=29409#comment-14519 “Unlike me, Law thinks he can stay at short.” – WTM

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By: wtmiller http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/prospect-trends-week-ending-422.html#comment-14517 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:11:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=29409#comment-14517 Since I didn’t actually say any of the things that you attribute to me, maybe you should temper your overreactions. Or do some serious work on your reading comprehension.

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By: Andrew Smalley http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/prospect-trends-week-ending-422.html#comment-14516 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:01:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=29409#comment-14516 Let’s temper the overreaction to SSS, WTM. From the above article, it seems that the guy we just signed to a long-term extension (Tabata) is not going to be replaced by the guy we signed to be our 4th OF (McLouth) but a 29-yr old journeyman who isn’t even on the 40-man roster.  Additionally, we’re sure that Grossman is lying regarding his injury, Barmes will end with an OPS in the mid-4′s, Barajas will get less than 20 hits on the year, and Jeff Locke (based, I guess, on less than a handful of starts last year) doesn’t have the stuff to get big leaguers out.

I know it is fun and hip to pile on the Pirates regarding their slow start hitting-wise, but, if you look around the majors, its a pretty common problem thus far – teams simply aren’t hitting real well.  

I understand this is a ‘Prospects Trends’ feature, but I think it would be much more credible if we stayed closer to reporting of the actual numbers than projecting demise and gloom on nearly every position at the Major League level.

And, last thing: While there are those ‘prospectors’ that have doubts about Hanson’s arm strength to stick at SS, I think I’ll take the word of Law (who does this for a living) as opposed to you (who has seen him, what, maybe a couple times?) regarding his long-term projections.  Giving up on a dude w/ plus range and athleticism while he is still at low-A is common among some ‘Pirate bloggers’, but most reasonable people would admit they lack enough information (not to mention expertise) to do so or juxtapose their uninformed opinion w/ Keith Law’s informed opinion.

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