Comments on: Pirates Reinstate Walker, Option Jordy Mercer http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Ecbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27370 Tue, 14 May 2013 03:22:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27370 that could be but a couple years ago the team was not at all satisfied by D’Arnaud’s play at short and they were willing to play Harrison at short for quite a few games last year.

I think Hurdle’s statement is what the team believes. It doesn’t want to give up an asset even though he isn’t much of an asset. What I don’t understand is what did they see in McDonald in spring training to think he was going to be better than he has been? He just looks over matched. I could see him (or Inge) gone and replaced by Mercer in a couple of weeks. With both Inge and McDonald on current 25 man roster I just don’t see the point in waiting.

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By: dr dng http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27365 Tue, 14 May 2013 00:06:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27365 Remember, I am not an expert on this like most of you guys,
but I have a question. Ok, Mercer goes back to Indy and hits
.325 with 16 hr. Now midnight on Sept 1 rolls around. He knows
he is packing his bag for Pittsburgh. Does he sit the month of
Sept on the bench or do they play him in a race for a playoff spot?

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27363 Mon, 13 May 2013 22:34:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27363 You and BB hit it on the head. Hurdle doesn’t want to give up an asset when Mercer has options. They can always bring him back up. Meanwhile he gets every day reps. Do I like it? No, but I understand it.

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By: Y2JGQ2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27361 Mon, 13 May 2013 21:45:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27361 That makes no sense- the only reason to send him down would be because he IS a SS…. because they don’t want him being a util player….

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By: Vince Riedy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27360 Mon, 13 May 2013 21:26:48 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27360 Maybe they are waiting for D’Arnaud to get healthy before getting rid McDonald so they would have a plus defender in case anything happens to Barmes. Harrison is not a good fielding shortstop to say the least and DeJesus while a fine hitter, is even worse than Harrison in the field.

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By: tjsabec http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27359 Mon, 13 May 2013 20:27:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27359 Yea, exactly what i meant, but you put it more clearly.

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By: battlingbucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27357 Mon, 13 May 2013 20:18:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27357 Could be close to that but I think its more like if Barmes goes on the DL they aren’t comfortable with _________ as the backup to Mercer. I’m honestly not sure who goes in the blank there. I guess Harrison but we know he isn’t a shortstop.

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By: tjsabec http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27356 Mon, 13 May 2013 20:00:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27356 What I think the FO is considering that maybe we aren’t is: What happens if Clint Barmes has to be DLed. If that happens, I don’t think they are comfortable without McDonald on the roster. I am not supporting this position, but i’d say it it where they are coming from.

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By: MaineBucs http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27354 Mon, 13 May 2013 18:25:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27354 Disappointing.

I was glad to see the Pirates move on from Sanchez so early. Despite the monies owed him management correctly determined that he failed to perform and that the team had better alternatives.

The same logic should have occurred today. For a whole host of reasons Mercer is a much better option than MacDonald, but management chose to stick with the lesser player.

So — This move essentially means the team is down to 3 pinch-hitters. McKenry typically won’t pinch-hit, particularly with Martin hurting, and MacDonald rarely will be used as a pinch-hitter because he can’t hit. Going with a bench with only 3 pinch-hitters is not a good idea.

Again — disappointing.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/pirates-reinstate-walker-option-jordy-mercer.html#comment-27353 Mon, 13 May 2013 18:22:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=53374#comment-27353 Just……….brilliant.

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