Comments on: Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Recap: Center Field http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 08:04:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: ecbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21497 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:53:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21497 is his fielding rated the same at home and on road?

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21496 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:48:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21496 I wouldn’t disagree with that move. I mean, would it be nice to know Marte’s a proven commodity before mixing things up too much? Yes. However, we’re talking defense here. I’m sorry if McCutchen’s feelings would get hurt moving over to left, but if he wants to win…

It’s not like this is something that hasn’t happened before, look in Texas the last few years. Josh Hamilton has more than enough athletic ability and definitely enough arm to play center. However, playing that position has more intrinsic danger to it simply because there are more responsibilities directly associated with even the idea of it. Personally I’d just rather have our best hitter focusing on the bat and relearning how to steal bases, while still providing above average defense in a position patrolled primarily by offensive oriented players.

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By: Thom Kay http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21493 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21493 I think they should give it a shot, at least in the offseason. Cutch is not a great fielding CF, and Marte could prove to be, which is worth a ton. It does depend on McCutchen being better in LF than he is in CF, which isn’t necessarily the case (some players have a tough time with the transition). Of course, it also depends on Marte being able to be just as good in CF as he appeared to be in LF.

Either way, we want our best fielding OF in CF. I could buy that it’s Marte.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21487 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:30:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21487 Justin….I’ll give Marte 2013. When he proves himself (I’m being optimistic), I’m making Starling and Cutch switch positions.

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By: Justin Hunter http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21485 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:58:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21485 Here is my issue with moving McCutchen.

Marte had a worse intro to the majors at an older age than Tabata a few years ago. I didn’t see enough to prove Marte is one of the best three OF’s at this point in time. Heck, you could end up with Snider and Jones at the corners at some point in the season. So I’m not moving McCutchen until I have at least a full season where Marte proves he belongs and isn’t going to end up back in AAA.

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By: Justin Hunter http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21486 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:58:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21486 I’ll add I’m not saying Marte won’t be a great player. But we just don’t know yet and I’m not making a rash move until we know more.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/pittsburgh-pirates-2012-season-recap-center-field.html#comment-21483 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:49:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43195#comment-21483 The dreaded UZR strikes again. As far as subjective stats go, he’s slightly below average in range factor last year, and was in his rookie year, and above average in 2010 and 2011. By all means lets ship him out of center and put in a rookie. That always pans out.
http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mccutan01.shtml

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