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First Pitch: Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Could be the New Moneyball

First Pitch: Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Could be the New Moneyball

I've talked about platoons a lot this week, first questioning whether Travis Snider should be in a platoon, then pointing out all of the different platoon candidates the Pirates have. In the process I noticed that the platoon at first base is working. Like, really well. Take a look at the numbers and how they stack up to the production every other team is getting from their first base position.

AVG - .291 (10th)

OBP - .359 (10th)

SLG - .535 (5th)

OPS - .894 (7th)

I talked about this briefly on the podcast this week, but the fact that the Pirates are only paying their first basemen $6.25 M, and getting production in the top third of the league is a massive value. To get that same production from one first baseman, the Pirates would either have to draft said first baseman, or pay him three times this amount per year on the open market.

Gaby Sanchez is the key to the success of the first base platoon. Photo Credit: David Hague

The key to the platoon is Sanchez. We've ...

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