Outfielder Jose Tabata has appeared in 40 games since being optioned to AAA Indianapolis. What has he been doing at the plate? Has he been doing well enough to be brought back up to Pittsburgh?
When Tabata first joined the Indians in July, he was clearly not pleased to be in AAA. He seemed to be making at best a half-hearted effort, and his play in the outfield made it look as if he just didn't care. Clearly that kind of behavior is not good for Tabata, and it would not go over well with Indianapolis Indians' manager Dean Treanor. To his credit, Tabata does seem to have snapped out of that mind-set. He has returned to the form that we remember from when Tabata was with the Indians in 2010.
Tabata spent 9 games with the Indians in 2011, but that was a 9-game rehab assignment. A better comparison would be his time with the Indians in 2009 and 2010, as he was on the rise in the Pirates' minor league organization. Tabata spent most of 2009 wi...
Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.