Comments on: First Pitch: Garrett Jones/Gaby Sanchez Could be the New Moneyball http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: MaineBucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27233 Sat, 11 May 2013 16:07:57 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27233 I have advocated keeping Mercer in AAA so he could get regular playing time. I now believe that they could accomplish the same in Pittsburgh by using him as a regular substitute or a revolving basis for Alvarez, Barmes and Walker. I believe the approach I am suggesting would result in a better quality bench, it would help to keep all players fresh, it would result in better in-game match-ups, it would aid Mercer’s development and it would increase the likelihood of the Pirates winning games.

Move #1 – Release MacDonald. MacDonald has no value as a pinch-hitter or a regulalr substitute. His bat appears to be close to non-existent. Further, he does not appear to have much value as a 3B.

Move #2 – Determine if Martin can regularly play as a sub at 3rd. If he can, the Pirates likely can do without Inge in the not too distant future. Inge does not strike me as having the defensive versatility in the roles in which Hurdle has used him.

Move #3 – Mercer replaces MacDonald on the roster as the main infield reserve. But, he starts in lieu of Barmes at least twice a week (I trust that management will determine some of the best times to sit Barmes), he starts against lefties in lieu of Walker at least 1 per week, and he may start against lefties in lieu of Alvarez at least once a week. Thus, Mercer starts 4 games or so a week and is available off the bench the remainder of the time. He appears to be a much better stick than MacDonald. This approach also means that Walker and Alvarez will be available as pinch-hitters in some games.

Move #4 – Get Tabata a decent amount of playing time to see if he can be a potential regular in RF or a poential regular for another team – a trad candidate. I would sit McCutchen and Marte 1 game every 2 weeks, and I would Tabata a decent amount of playing time with Snider. I liked the acquistion of Snider, but at some point, he needs to demonstrate that he has some power.

Move #5 – In the short term the bench becomes McKenry, Tabata, Sanchez, Inge and Mercer, with several of the above (Tabata, Sanchez and Mercer) getting some regular playing time in platooon roles, and if Martin can handle third, then McKenry may see some more regular playing time as well. A bit later in the season I see Inge departing and the Pirates replacing him with any number of options — someone from outside the organization, Presley or perhaps even Tony Sanchez.

I thought platoons worked well for the Pirates in the 70′s and again under Leyland, and would welcome seeing more of such under the current regime. I also believe that more kudos are in order for hanging onto Garrett Jones and finding a player like Sanchez to platoon with him.

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27231 Sat, 11 May 2013 15:47:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27231 Mercer needs to stay in Pittsburgh and McDonald needs to go. Mercer can play SS, 2B and some 3B. He can get AB’s at all three positions and if he continues to hit, eventually replace CB at SS.

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By: whiteAngus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27230 Sat, 11 May 2013 15:41:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27230 speaking of 1Bmen putting up numbers, how about Lyle Overbay and the Yanks??
good guy who deserves better than he got here.

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By: NorCal Buc http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27221 Sat, 11 May 2013 12:03:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27221 McHenry to an AL club for a platoon type right-handed RF? Two things about this: Sanchez is MORE than an adequate back-up to Martin, and I’m hopeful Tabby continues his improvement.

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By: NorCal Buc http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27220 Sat, 11 May 2013 12:00:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27220 Perhas Tabata will play out in RF to platoon with Snider. I very MUCH like the platoon of Walker and Inge. And I won’t be too sad to see the day when McHenry is a DH for an AL club.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27218 Sat, 11 May 2013 11:29:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27218 Barmes should be platooned against both Left AND Right handed pitchers.

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By: jlease717 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/first-pitch-garrett-jonesgaby-sanchez-could-be-the-new-moneyball.html#comment-27216 Sat, 11 May 2013 10:25:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53150#comment-27216 The biggest improvement the Pirates need right now is the release of McDonald. Hopefully Clint playing him last night was a farewell gift. A weaker hitting, older and with less range Barmes is not at all what the Pirates need.

The only value he adds is making Barmes look good by comparison. I’d much rather let Presley rot on the bench and let him be a pinch runner than have him. Time to cut bait on McDonald, and admit the mistake it was to get him in the first place.

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