Comments on: First Pitch: Tarantino-ing the Poor Bench Moves Over the Last Few Years http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:58:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Y2JGQ2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25488 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 01:15:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25488 Well guys- I agree here. What is the point? Dejesus I think could be a good player. Lets examine something real quick- why is he NOT considered a prospect anymore other than because of his age? Any takers? He has hit extremely well everywhere and even though his range is less after the broken leg, he’s solid at anywhere in the infield. How is he any different than Freddy Sanchez? I think he can play, he isn’t old, and would be a better all around player than Barmes is now. Mercer MAY be able to hit in the majors, noone would know because noone gives him a shot. He has hit for power in the minors, so what is to lose by giving him a job and finding out what he does. The game HASN’T been played yet, so why do people just not give people a chance to succeed who have succeeded in the lower levels? Who really knows how good Mercer could be? NOONE! Let him play, let Dejesus play.

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By: Ecbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25487 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:51:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25487 IF Mercer is the best option, I can see the team wanting to start Mercer at Indy, have him get at bats and then come up and replace Barmes ASAP. Barmes has no future with team, his salary is sunk cost.

He needs to be dealt or moved to bench at least by mid-season so that next year’s shortstop can play (hopefully Mercer).
Otherwise the team is going to be looking for the 2014 version of Barmes and will end up paying a lot of money to fill shortstop with average at best production.

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By: millec311 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25486 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:50:05 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25486 I don’t think just anyone can take a team with the 5th lowest payroll and win 13 out of the last 14 games then sweep their way in each round to the world series.

That sounds like the type of manager the pirates need

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25485 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:38:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25485 Regardless of what happened in our distant or recent past, the only thing that matters is the present, and I see a very wise move in getting John McDonald as the primary utility infielder based on the following:

1. d’Arnaud is injured again, and Harrison and Mercer are not MLB Caliber SS, and that is one of the key spots we need to fill.
2. Ivan DeJesus, Jr. has had an excellent off-season beginning in Puerto Rico where he won the batting title, and in ST with the Pirates where he has done better than any of our middle infielders. If he has an option remaining he should be sent to AAA as the starting SS where he can get the reps he needs to have an opportunity to be our starting SS later in 2013, and then taking over from Barmes in 2014. The Dodgers put him at 2B when he returned after losing a year to a leg injury, and Boston kept him there because they did not need a 6th or 7th SS prospect at AAA. He is a very good SS and an excellent hitter.
3. McDonald is the best utility infielder available in the majors with a career .973 fielding percentage at SS, and over .980 as a 2B.
4. It is ridiculous to build a strong pitching staff that throws a lot of ground balls, and then throw guys like Harrison in the field – he never played SS in college, only 2 or 3 games in the minors, and zero in the majors until Hurdle tried to make him our backup.

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By: millec311 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25484 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:35:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25484 Ohhh I forgot the great Casey Mcgehee. My bad. The bench was phenomenal

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By: millec311 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25483 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:32:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25483 What? The start of the year had a bench of Mclouth, Navarro, Harrison, Hague. The bench sucked because they’re all God-awful players. Clint Hurdle can’t turn dog shit into

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25482 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:24:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25482 As I said above, most players have the same BABIP range no matter what level they’re at.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25481 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:24:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25481 Most hitters have the same BABIP range no matter what level they’re at.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25480 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:23:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25480 Moss has 943 at-bats. Alvarez has over 1100. My point here is that pointing to a guy’s strikeout numbers, then discounting the home runs he actually hit doesn’t work. You can take the same approach with Alvarez, or any high strikeout/high HR guy.

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By: jalcorn http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-tarantino-ing-the-poor-bench-moves-over-the-last-few-years.html#comment-25479 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:11:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48346#comment-25479 Fair point, CH likes to let the backup SS rot. I would not opt to do so if I were on the bench.

The only plus side I see with McDonald is that CH can pinch hit for Barmes more aggressively since he has a great glove guy available. That might very well work out well.

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