Comments on: Diamondbacks Claim Gustavo Nunez off Waivers From Pirates Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:13:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: leadoff Sat, 27 Oct 2012 15:41:20 +0000 Tabata and Presley both have the potential to be good leadoff men, but they have not developed on the major league level yet, this is a big problem for the Bucs, do they wait for them to develop or do they get a proven leadoff player for 2013?

By: jalcorn Sat, 27 Oct 2012 12:50:02 +0000 Tabata and his .350 obp is your best option at leadoff. If not him then Walker or Snider.

Holt is nothing close to a MLB starter.

By: leadoff Sat, 27 Oct 2012 01:53:56 +0000 The leadoff spot is a big problem, but SS is not. Walker could certainly fill the 2hole, the leadoff spot looks like it is going to be a floating spot for a couple of players unless the bucs trade for a true leadoff hitter.

By: Fred Langford Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:11:48 +0000 Holt is not very good at 2B. No way he can handle SS. He’d have to hit .330. barmes is the SS unless an internal option beats him out or by some freak chance we aquire someone else.

By: Fred Langford Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:09:26 +0000 He had a good run.

By: Brian Bernard Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:30:33 +0000 Assuming no outside players are picked up what would be the optimal lineup strategy for the team?
Leadoff remains the biggest hole in the lineup. The candidates are Presley, Tabata, and Marte. All three hit under .260 and OBP under .320. The best candidate may be Brock Holt, but where does play?
The two spot on some lineups can be a throwaway spot, making contact, etc – but the bucs have an elite player perfect for the two and that’s Neil Walker. He has all the tools to be a win v.s. the opponent at this spot in the order.
Same thing for the most important spot in the order, the three. Andrew McCutchen is an elite player and a difference maker especially with runners on base. All the more reason for Neil to hit at two.
Garrett Jones has earned the right to hit cleanup for the Bucs and his play in RF is solid. If not a win, he’s clearly league average.
Pedro must own the 5 spot in the order and protect Jones. He established himself this year, now he just needs to grow a little each year.
The six spot is where things can get diverse. Do you clog the bases with Gaby at 1b, or do you place Marte/Snider here? I actually like McKenry here his on base % is about the same, but his OPS is much better.
At the seven is where I see the Marte/Snider with a little less pressure and still plenty of opportunities and where the K’s won’t kill you.
Gaby may have something left, and I do like his plate patience and occassional ability to drive the ball, so I like him in the eighth spot alot.
So where is the SS, well he’s absolutely got to leadoff – and that’s why Brock Holt better be putting in a great off-season because he’s the only real legit leadoff on the team. He must take over for Barmes this season with Clint taking a seat on the bench.
So there it is unless NH opens the wallet, your 2013 lineup.
1. SS – Holt – .292 Ave .329 OBP
2. 2B – Walker – .342 OBP .768 OPS
3. CF – Cutch – .400 OBP .953 OPS
4. RF – Jones – .516 SLG .832 OPS
5. 3B – Alvarez – .467 SLG .784 OPS
6. C – McKenry – .442 SLG .762 OPS
7. LF – Marte / Snider – .437 SLG .737 OPS
8. 1B – G. Sanchez – .397 SLG .720 OPS

By: jlease717 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:20:46 +0000 He was a waste of a rule V pick. There is a capable bullpen arm out there, it’s up to the best management team in baseball to find him. They can’t ever seem to find hitters.