Analysis

Expectations Should Be Fluid

Expectations Should Be Fluid

Many times in life, what we expect to happen does not come close to what actually happens.  We have to adjust our plans accordingly and move on, whether it is a positive change or a negative one.  The same should be true with expectations as they relate to the Pirates.

Expectation #1 -- Andrew McCutchen will be a low power/high stolen base CF

When the outstanding high school outfielder draft class of 2005 was just getting started in the minors, nearly every national publication had them ranked as -- Justin Upton....huge gap....Jay Bruce, Cameron Maybin, Colby Rasmus, then Andrew McCutchen.  The consensus among the prospectors in 2006 and 2007 was that McCutchen would be behind the others due to his perceived deficit of power compared to the others.  Everyone was dazzled by Maybin's tools and chose to overlook his huge red flag of strikeout totals.  Personally, I was of the opinion that McCutchen would be the steadiest of the five.  I thought the others would be prone to high peaks, f...

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