Comments on: First Pitch: Why the Pirates Don’t Need to Worry About Disrupting Chemistry http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:05:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Jeremy Ransom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31944 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:13:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31944 Tim, here’s kind of a random question. Wouldn’t it make more sense to have Marte and his cannon arm in RF?

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By: Daryl Restly http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31941 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:03:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31941 Tim,

A bit of a question. Could the Pirates realistically obtain a guy like Kevin Frandsen of the Phillies, who I believe is one of the better pinch hitters this season. I doubt the Pirates would have to give up a lot to get him. I could see a guy like him replacing Inge as the utility infielder. I think a guy like Frandsen would work wonders with the Pirates. He can play 3B, SS and 2B. He could spell Alvarez, Mercer and Walker. Clearly Inge is past his prime as far as playing goes though I don’t doubt he offers some “clubhouse leadership.” We need a guy or two off the bench who can consistently get the Buccos base-hits. They don’t have to be home runs or even extra base hits. They just have to be able to get on base. We need a guy who can come in as a pinch hitter when the pitchers spot in the line-up is either leading off around the sixth or seventh inning, on the on-deck circle, or in the hole who can get a clutch hit that can drive in runs, or start a rally. Watching the first two games of the recent Cincinnati series, this was so obvious a need. Once the Reds got to the meat of their bullpen with the lead, the Pirates were done. We’ve been able to do that to most teams this year, but the Reds got the best of us those first 2 games.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31906 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:39:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31906 Also I think Hurdle wanted to make it a little easier on Sanchez. Being a major league catcher is the toughest position on the field other than pitcher from a mental standpoint.
I believe that they have one more option for McKenry. If his bat doesn’t come alive, I would send him down and Sanchez up on Aug.28 or 29, as you don’t want 3 catchers on your post-season roster. That doesn’t mean that’s what the Pirates will do. I would have sent Inge packing a month ago, but they haven’t.

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31905 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:34:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31905 I would trade Grilli (36) before I would trade Melancon (28).

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By: buccotime57 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31904 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:00:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31904 I agree..what would be the harm in sending him down to work on his hitting? Winning % does not reflect what one player is doing. I feel we are hurting the team now and in the future by not playing sanchez.

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31903 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:49:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31903 No one would take Ft mac either of we sent him down. Getting him everyday ABs might get him to a point he could actually help the team in the future.

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By: impliedi http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31902 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:49:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31902 Agreed. The nice thing about moves like adding a 1B, is that you improve two areas simultaneously (1B & bench). Would love to have an everyday bench of Jones, Sanchez, Barmes, backup catcher and one more bat – be interesting to take a flier on a Eric Hinske-type (who was jsut released and contemplating retiring) to see if he can give you something off of the bench for just a couple of months before heading off into the sunset.

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By: IC Bob http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31901 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:45:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31901 I would ahve hoped Hurdle would have spoken to Mckenry sometime during the last 75 days while Ft mac has produced zero results. Alos when you point to the big hit yesterday by Tabata should you also not point out the lack of big hits the previous two games from him and Ft Mac? Those were one run games and whos to say that another RF couldn’t have gone 3-4 or 2-4 (Like Rios did Saturday and Sunday) and we win one or both of those games. Upgrading your team sends the right message to the team which is we are in it to win it. Doing nothing but waiting for Wandy and Sanchez tells your team your to cheap to play for the playoffs. They may or may not be true but teams want to know the FO is trying to address obvious issues. I have said this before and will say it again, I am not speaking of trading Polonco or some of our top guys but their is nothing wrong with going after a Morse, a Willingham or any number of outfielders who have a history of getting big hits. Personally we could probably get one for Snider and a grade C pitcher and nothing else.

I would hate to think that the Bucs were one hitter away form an opportunity to be in the WS and we decided that adding a rental wasn’t worth trading a guy that would be exposed in a year to the rule 5 draft.

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By: impliedi http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31900 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:44:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31900 Naturally, you’re right about that. But, I’m not so sure that McKenry’s problems are fixable.

I guess I just look at it this way:

McKenry – isn’t hitting and can’t play one position well.

Inge – isn’t hitting and can’t play multiple positions well.

Barmes – isn’t hitting, but can play one position pretty well.

I imagine that now that Mercer has assumed a starting role, when Walker returns (today???) that Barmes becomes the new swing man (a la Inge) and Inge gets let go.

McKenry gets cut loose when Sanchez is ready.

So, Inge will probably get cut before McKenry, but I think that McKenry actually has less value to the team than Inge (strictly on the multiple positions.)

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By: steelpro http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/first-pitch-why-the-pirates-dont-need-to-worry-about-disrupting-chemistry.html#comment-31899 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 18:23:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=61082#comment-31899 The backup catcher shouldn’t be coming off the bench to pinch hit that much. If they had a better option than Brandon Inge you wouldn’t see so much of McKenry in that role. Ignore it if you want. The Pirates have a .640 winning % this year in the games McKenry starts.

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