Comments on: Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: buster09 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26914 Thu, 02 May 2013 19:03:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26914 Lee,in my own humble opinion,Ngoepe is one of several Curve players who have very little chance of ever hitting MLB pitching.I have been watching AA ball here for a long time,and this is one of the weakest hitting teams I can remember. Another steller example today : 18 strikeouts ! Santos had two of the three hits by the way.

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By: WTM http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26912 Thu, 02 May 2013 17:47:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26912 If the Pirates were in contention, Gift could be useful as a pinch runner. Also as a defensive replacement, although the team is overloaded with those right now.

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By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26909 Thu, 02 May 2013 16:21:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26909 It only makes sense to bring Mercer up if you’re going to commit to playing him every day (which I would). I would give Barmes the rest of May for the bat to come around, and if it doesn’t, call up Mercer to be the full-time SS and relegate Barmes as a defensive replacement and once-a-week starter at SS/2B. McDonald is completely superfluous, especially with Inge playing a capable 2B – AND hitting. The Pirates have to be thinking of 2014 and beyond, and keeping Mercer at Indy for a full year behind two goats who won’t be around for the next Pirate playoff team is pointless, especially when they’re delivering replacement-level or below performance anyway.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26906 Thu, 02 May 2013 15:40:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26906 I like Hurdle, but he likes veterans over rookies. Problem is, how can you ever see if a young kid has what it takes, if you don’t give him a chance?

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26903 Thu, 02 May 2013 14:43:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26903 I wonder if Mercer has matured enough that the Pirates would bring him up to start every day and make a trade for one of their defensive SS or cut one loose? I just have not heard any reports on any current Mercer weaknesses. We know he does not have the same range as Barmes or McDonald, but you would think that they don’t need both of the exact same player, it would seem that a mix of Mercer and one of them would be a better recipe. Huntington was asked about Mercer, but he just danced around the question.

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By: David Lewis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26899 Thu, 02 May 2013 14:09:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26899 If Gift flames out and it becomes apparent he’ll never make the majors, a September cup of coffee would be a nice touch – but the problem is that you’ve got to take someone off the 40-man to do so, and (good problem) there’s enough depth in the organization that the Pirates don’t really have room to go handing out 40-man slots.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/05/prospect-trends-some-turnarounds-and-some-struggling-altoona-hitters.html#comment-26896 Thu, 02 May 2013 13:48:19 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=52178#comment-26896 Even if Gift stays overmatched, I’d still like to see him as a Sept callup this year or next and let him play a coupla innings in a blowout.

It’d just be a nice touch.

FWIW department:
As for Dickerson, I have not been high on him at all. I suspect Allie, if he keeps this up, will blow right by him and possibly Curry, who I also am not high on. Osuna gives us hope, but not much more.
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Not high on Garcia either.

JMHO

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