Are we rushing Tabata to Pittsburgh?

Jose TabataWhile Jose Tabata is certainly having an encouraging year at Indy, a .786 OPS at Triple-A should not be considered big numbers. He is hitting .316, but it is mostly empty batting average. Many fans expect him to be called up to Pittsburgh within a few weeks and inject some offense into the Pirates lineup. I just don’t see that happening.

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Walker to replace Iwamura at second base

According to John Russell, Neil Walker will receive the majority of playing time at second base moving forward. This pushes Aki Iwamura to the bench. With Iwamura out of the lineup, Andrew McCutchen has moved back to the leadoff spot.

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The Lack of a Leadoff Hitter is a Created Problem

The Post-Gazette notebook today has a question as to why Aki Iwamura, current owner of a .169 average and a .275 OBP, is still leading off.  John Russell responded with this quote: “If he’s going to get out of this, you’d like to get him up there as much as you can,” Russell said. “We have put different guys in the leadoff spot, and Andrew McCutchen can do it, but he’s doing well in the No. 3...

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The Upcoming Roster Crunch

The Pirates have some interesting decisions to make in the next few weeks.  It’s very likely that Neil Walker, Brad Lincoln, Jose Tabata, and Pedro Alvarez could be called up in the next month, and if all four get the call, the current 25-man roster could see some major changes. It’s not a guarantee that all four players will get the call, but for now let’s assume all four players will be up by this time next...

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Would you promote Jose Tabata in June?

All off-season we heard about how Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Jose Tabata would likely be with the major league team in June 2010.  The only promotion from that group I was skeptical about was Tabata.  It’s not that I don’t like Tabata.  Actually, the opposite is true.  Tabata was my number two prospect in the system in my top 50 prospects list.  I was shocked when he missed the cut for the...

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