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14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

14 Boom or Bust Pirates Who Could Make a Difference in 2014

One year ago today, I wrote an article about the 13 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Make a Difference in 2013. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of players last off-season who had a chance to be a top performer, but also came with a risk that they could be as low as a bust. Here were the players I outlined last year, and the results in 2013.
2013 Results
Hitters

Starling Marte: 4.6 WAR

Travis Snider: -0.6 WAR

Jerry Sands: Triple-A

Jose Tabata: 1.1 WAR

Clint Robinson: Lost on waivers

Marte was the only booming player from the group of hitters. Tabata didn't exactly bust, but the group of 1B/RF options didn't produce anything close to what Marte provided in left field.

Pitchers

James McDonald: 0.1 WAR

Francisco Liriano: 3.1 WAR

Jeff Locke: 1.1 WAR

Kyle McPherson: Injured

Jason Grilli: 1.5 WAR

Mark Melancon: 2.5 WAR

Charlie Morton: 1.3 WAR

Gerrit Cole: 2.3 WAR

The group of pitchers was very successful. The only downsides were McDonald, who n...

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