Comments on: First Pitch: Keeping James McDonald Around Would Be the Right Move http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:02:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Y2JGQ2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30130 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:14:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30130 Joe- missing the point. Compare McDonald’s numbers (who already is used to relief pitching) to McDonald’s (who has trouble in his first inning very commonly) and also compare the rehab numbers in the minors for mcdonald vs. what reid did in AAA. There is no way you can spin it that Reid isn’t a better fit and hasn’t earned the job over McDonald.

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By: Y2JGQ2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30129 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:10:11 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30129 Tim- On any of the Pirate teams of the last 20 years I’d agree. However with his loss of velocity, he reminds me of a much worse version of Tim Lincecum. With the loss of velocity comes added pressure to aim, which comes with more walks, longer innings, more pressure on each pitch, more pressure on the arm, more pressure to overthrow every pitch. He’s struggling in AA ball. You can’t just all of a sudden make him a relief pitcher, something he’s never done, and expect him to be better. Its a mental thing, he doesn’t WANT to. And if he doesn’t want to, you have Ian Snell, and in my opinion, a less talented version of Ian Snell considering the velocity dropoff. At this point, we are a better team with the players we have, than sending someone down and letting him pitch. This is a playoff run and he doesn’t bring anything we don’t have a bunch of at this point. Trade time, get what you can, and say see ya later

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30125 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:24:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30125 Now we know the answer. he is off to see Dr Andrews and then it will be another rehab in a couple of weeks. We can revisit this chat in 6 weeks or if the Bucs are clever they will draw it out so Mcdonald comes back in September. Then again he may get the knife from Dr Andrews and that will be that.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30120 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:28:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30120 No. J-Mac can’t hit that well.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30119 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:26:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30119 you are exactly correct Dom.

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30114 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:06:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30114 He has a 1.5 era in SIX innings pitched.

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By: gwbicster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30107 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:34:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30107 Not really. In my rose colored world, Cole stays in the rotation, and Morton is the long reliever.

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By: BuccosFanStuckinMD http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30101 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:28:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30101 And, IMHO, Marmol has much more upside and value than MacDonald at this point in their careers. I think Marmol just needs to get out of Chicago….

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By: BuccosFanStuckinMD http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30100 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:25:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30100 I agree with you Lee 100%

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/first-pitch-keeping-james-mcdonald-around-would-be-the-right-move.html#comment-30091 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:54:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58380#comment-30091 If Jmac is a good trade chip then trade him immediately.

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