Winter Leagues 11/2 — Slow Night

Looking at some Pirates’ players and friends in Winter League play.   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Aguilas Cibaenas  8,  Leones del Escogido  1 Los Aguilas put up 5 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 more in the 4th.  A 3-run homer aided Los Aguilas in the 3rd, and a triple brought in two of the runs in the 4th.  Los Leones’ only run came on a solo homer in the bottom of the 3rd.  3B Andy Marte went 0-for-3 with a walk for Los Leones. ...

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Why You Can’t Go On Stats Alone

I’m a big stats guy.  I think that stats are extremely important in the game of baseball when it comes to evaluating players.  I think that when it comes down to “the eye test”, a lot of subjectivity can be inserted in to the analysis.  More often than not, when people watch players, they’re watching them with a pre-conceived notion.  If they go in thinking the player is good, they’ll excuse his poor...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Aaron Baker

It might seem strange to profile a prospect who was just traded away last night in exchange for Derrek Lee, but I figured this would be the best way to review what the Pittsburgh Pirates gave up in exchange for their new first baseman.  Baker is a first base prospect, drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 draft out of Oklahoma University.  In his first full season as a pro in 2010, he hit for a .253/.340/.453 line in 459 at-bats in...

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Five Marauders Named to FSL All-Star Team

Jarek Cunningham, Aaron Baker, Ramon Cabrera, Kyle McPherson, and Brett Lorin were all named to the Florida State League All-Star team today, according to a Bradenton Marauders press release. Cunningham is currently hitting for a .289/.337/.599 line, with an organizational best 11 homers in 187 at-bats. Baker is hitting for a .270/.341/.443 line in 185 at-bats, with seven homers.  He struggled in the month of May, with a...

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Bradenton Marauders Game Recap: 5/10/11

First of four games I’ll be attending with the Marauders in Tampa against the hated Yankees. OK, maybe these aren’t THE hated Yankees, but they do have a silly “TY” (Tampa Yankees) on their hats that is a bit annoying. As in the last couple game reports I’ve had, the pitching was much more interesting than the hitting, so let’s start there. Jeff Inman started tonight and really impressed me. As you...

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