Comments on: First Pitch: What Would it Take to Extend A.J. Burnett? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33362 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:30:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33362 A few comments were made about Polanco only hitting .267 at AA. For a 21 year old, that is excellent. Tore it up in Lo A in 2012 and the Pirates rightfully kept him there all year in his first exposure to a full season. Promoted to Hi A and tore it up and earned a mid-season promotion to AA. You need to look at how he is hitting .267 – is he being overwhelmed? No, he currently has a .370 OBP because he has 26W/20K. Lambo at AA in 2013 – 20W/60K; Dickerson at AA in 2013 – 19W/73K. 7 doubles/1 triple/3 HR, 28 RBI, 10 SB’s in only 150 AB’s. He is exhibiting maturity at the plate well beyond his years. It is not if, it is when and I think he may just get to PNC earlier than expected when this season began…

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By: Michael Jackson http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33326 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 06:07:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33326 Gaby has a .324 .442 .577 1.019 line against lefties this year which I think disproves your “just can’t hit” theory.

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By: moose7195 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33322 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 02:12:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33322 Sanchez has probably held up his end of the platoon about as well as Jones, and I only say about as well because Hurdle continues to play him vs righties, which I can’t stand. Together they’ve OPSed about 750, which I would consider decent. Jones is better than he’s played this year, so I’d inflate that number a little bit if we’re comparing FA vs what we have. There aren’t many players on the market like the one we discussed: Corey Hart, Mike Morse, Juan Rivera, Xavier Nady to name a few. Most of these players are as old as Jones, most older , and each of them have issues, whether it be injury or inconsistent hitting. I wouldn’t want to overpay for that, even if we had the money.

More consistent talent appears to be in everyday OFers, and even if we do open the checkbook up, we still probably wont be able to out buy the big market teams. Pittsburgh is too small a market to spend like that, and even if we do, our better talent in the minors will suffer.

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By: Bucco_Joe http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33318 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:42:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33318 We are talking Jones who can’t hit lefties and Sanchez who just can’t hit.

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By: moose7195 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33315 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:14:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33315 I certainly hope this imaginary player can consistently play better than Jones/Sanchez at his large salary

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By: Bucco_Joe http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33314 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:01:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33314 Of course It depends on who you bring in. If he can play both 1st base and RF,he can move to 1st if Polanco is ready in 2015.

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By: moose7195 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33312 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:18:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33312 You are gonna be hard-pressed to find any good free agent OF thats only going to want to sign for 1 season. And even if you do, they will be asking for an absurd amount of money for the lack of financial security implied in a 1 year contract. Most good FAs are going to want a contract expanding over 2 or 3 years, which blocks Polanco whenever he is ready. And while he’s stuck, the guy we brought in will probably be less talented. So you end up holding back a potential star in this league, for an expensive, average player. I have faith that Polanco will be up by mid 2014, so maybe some combo of Tabata, Presley, and Lambo hold down RF for a few more months

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By: Bucco_Joe http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33311 Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:04:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33311 Polanco is currently hitting 0.267 at Double A, so I doubt he tears up AAA next year. Hopefully he begins to figure it out by the end of next season, and is a candidate for a promotion to the majors sometime in 2015. So you are obviously happy with the RF manned by Tabata, Snider, or Presley in 2014. Or do you want to rush Polanco to the majors before he is ready?

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By: moose7195 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33310 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 23:42:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33310 Free agents rarely bring back the value their contracts claim they’re worth. The holes in the lineup currently are only there because of players like Walker and Jones underachieving this year. Even average years from those players bring in not 1 but 2 good bats without the cost.

And what happens if Polanco tears it up in AAA while your expensive RF only puts up league average numbers? Polanco is the more talented player, but he’s now stuck behind some overpaid shmuck. I’d rather watch Polanco grow in right than overpay for some past-his-prime RF, if only because the free agent is going to want more than 1 year and the talented Polanco shouldn’t be left to rot in AAA when he’s ready.

And this team has shown in the past with guys like Barajas and Barmes that they wont leave that type of big money on the bench until a massive amount of ABs show the higher paid player to be less effective. In the end, its probably not worth the money

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By: Bucco_Joe http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08/first-pitch-what-would-it-take-to-extend-a-j-burnett.html#comment-33309 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 23:04:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62664#comment-33309 Who is talking about spending money for the sake of spending? Do they need to extend Burnett? Of course they do. Do they need another bat in the lineup at RF or 1B? Of course they do. Are we going to sit and wait for another couple of years to see if Polanco is the answer in RF? I certainly hope not.

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