Comments on: James McDonald to Remain on the DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:08:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30207 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:19:18 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30207 No, I saw it. I’ve also seen Barmes make plenty of poor plays and errors. I might have missed something, but the only thing I noticed with Mercer was dropping the ball during an exchange while getting taken out by a baserunner. I’m not saying you do, but people act like Barmes makes Ozzie Smith look like he was playing with 2 feet stuck in the mud. If there is a range difference between Mercer and Barmes I haven’t seen anything to show me it’s anything noticeable. I do know as a SS Mercer has a higher fielding %, range factor per 9, and Range Factor per game numbers than Barmes does although I admit I really don’t understand the range factor stats or the stats that Barmes is better in such as Rtot and Rdrs. Regardless Mercer’s offense is so far superior to that of Barmes that barring a total defensive collapse by Mercer to where he is a huge liabilty, then Barmes shouldn’t see the outside of the dugout .

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30187 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:04:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30187 Did you miss Charlie Morton’s last start?

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30185 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:25:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30185 It’s quite funny to see people still buying the fairy tale that Barmes is so much better of a defender than Mercer is. FYI, it was all a ploy to give reason to start Barmes at SS. I watch all the games and have seen absolutely nothing that supports Barmes having an incredible range advantage over Mercer, in fact I have seen 0 in the way of defensive regression in the least at SS.

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By: Susanne Klich Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30176 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:12:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30176 At least now we probably know why J-Mac has struggled so badly the last year. You hate to hear shoulder injury for a guy that had as good of an arm as he had. Hope he ends up on the better side of the shoulder injury rather than never being the same again.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30163 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:11:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30163 Tom: Nice having a 25 year old Rookie that just goes out and does his 7 IP, 2 ER, 4K/2W, raises his record to 7-1, and watched his ERA climb from 2.01 to 2.06. Not bad either are guys that the GM provided this year like Francisco Liriano and Jeanmar Gomez; or one of the best pitching prospects in 2013 that just comes up and goes 3-0. I cannot remember a time when the Pirates were so deep in quality pitching, both in the bullpen and in the Rotation, and this is a time when we can afford to allow guys like Wandy, Burnett, JMAC, and Morton to work their way back into shape.

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By: PirateTom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30156 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 02:12:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30156 Looks like you can add Wandy to this story as well.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130625&content_id=51733094&notebook_id=51737872&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

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By: brilemon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30152 Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:48:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30152 Why is UCLA copying the zoltan symbol? It’s like if cal u had a “horrible towel”.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30149 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:06:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30149 Hey folks, nothing wrong with Charlie Morton, but he may be another victim of a franchise who has hit long balls on every pitcher they gambled with, and these pitchers are younger, bigger, stronger, and much more talented. The Pirates have to do everything they can to give the youngsters wings and avoid the dreaded over-cooking that could come from not pushing them as fast as they want to go. All of the prospect pitchers are putting up fantastic performances at advanced levels for their ages, and the one struggling the most could be the best we have at any level and that is Jameson Taillon.

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By: joe g. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30148 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:56:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30148 Totally agree. I would like to see Morton go to his 4 seam a little more when he is struggling to throw the two seamer for strikes. Also would like to see him bust left handers inside with the 4 seam instead of throwing the 2 seamer on the outer half.

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By: meatygettingsaucy http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/james-mcdonald-to-remain-on-the-dl.html#comment-30147 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:49:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=58445#comment-30147 Agree on all fronts about Morton, Maine. Morton is an extreme groundball pitcher who did just that in the inning and was victimized by his defense. It would probably be in his best interest to start Barmes when Morton pitches to increase the infield defense. Sure, you sacrifice offense but with Charlie’s GB rate, its a necessary move due to Mercer’s limited range.

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