Comments on: First Pitch: There’s No Reason to Bring Back Barajas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:32:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21380 Sat, 13 Oct 2012 18:06:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21380 Thank God for small favors.

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By: john.alcorn http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21318 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21318 There is no right answer to that question. Every player is different and every organization has a different approach. That said he’s 24 and has 1332 plate appearances. the odds of him suddenly changing his profile at his age are slim.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21295 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 06:01:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21295 There’s no buyout for his option. So he wouldn’t get anything if he left.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21291 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 03:21:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21291 I haven’t had a chance to look at the free agents. But based on my post from a few weeks ago on the topic, I’m not big on turning to the free agent market for help at this point.

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By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21289 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:52:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21289 Martin is pegged at $7M for a one-year deal on MLB Trade Rumors. If you’re willing to spend $3.5 for 60 games of Barajas and his negative-WAR mongering, certainly another $3.5 to get 120 games of Martin – who is superior in every way except batting average – is a better investment. His defense alone is worth 1-2 wins, then you factor in the patience and power. Plus he’s the only guy on the board who would be a sure-fire upgrade over the incumbent. And he caught AJ in New York in 2011.
Also because I don’t buy into the Fort as a starter – his monster June/July could be a new level, or it could be a career hot streak never to be seen again. With another 100 PA we might just be getting the August-September Fort, which is not much to write home about.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21283 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21283 Barajas does get a nice parting gift though as he leaves, right? Another brilliant contract. For some reason disqus isn’t taking my Twitter account, you can all look at my granddaughter from last year instead.

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By: TonyPenaforHOF http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21261 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21261 IMHO he hasn’t performed well enough in the minors to merit promotion. If he can do it in September needs to show it more during the year.

I don’t know the answer off hand but how many minor league at bats does he have? With the injuries he sustained earlier in his career has he had enough at bats to be fully developed?

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By: Blaine Huff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21252 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:58:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21252 I’m far from sold on McKenry as the top catcher in a tandem. His power numbers declined with every minor league promotion and I’m inclined to think the 2012 output was a fluke.

Sanchez is far from ready. Hitting in the mid .230s in AAA is, in no way, a reason to be promoted. He needs to be catching 100+ games in Indy to get his bat together and not 65 in the majors…unless the Pirates have totally given up on him becoming a legitimate starter.

Unless the Bucs swing a deal, catching is going to be a black hole in 2013. I’m intrigued by Ramon Cabrera, but that’s 2014 at the earliest.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21249 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:24:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21249 Apparently the Pirates did have discussions with Barajas about the back up role in his season ending interview. No details about that discussion were revealed.
Catching is a big problem for the Pirates, but not their biggest, pitching is still their biggest problem, however pitching is an easier problem to solve for the Pirates than the catching problem because there are so few options available to them, no free agents, no one really ready from the minor league system ( that could change after the first month of AAA season if Sanchez gets hot), he can catch and he can throw very well right now. Throwing accurately is the biggest problem I see with both of the Pirate catchers.
At this point in time unless a good trade opportunity comes along I am inclined to bring back Barajas as a backup with the hopes that Sanchez takes that job part way into next season.

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By: john.alcorn http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-theres-no-reason-to-bring-back-barajas.html#comment-21248 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:48:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42975#comment-21248 The FA market is terrible at C, David Ross at 37 or Russell Martin, who won’t be interested in playing here unless we overpay, are about it.
The trade route might work, Jesus Flores in WAS is still young and talented, but he hasn’t hit since he got hurt in 2010. Arencibia can’t really catch well but he can kind of hit, no thanks. Most available guys are glove first types and we have one of those at AAA.
Go with Fort and Sanchez.

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