2010 defensive projections

Steve Sommer of Play a Hard Nine posted 2010 defensive projections in November, so let’s look at how the Pirates stack up. Steve combined UZR numbers and the results from Tom Tango’s Fan Scouting Report to come up with his projections. Check out his post for details on the methodology. In an attempt to give the projections a more visual appearance, I created a knock-off version of Justin Bopp’s TargetView graphs. Above average...

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Perry Hill wants to coach again

Chuck Finder had a quote from Perry Hill today in the PBC Blog on Hill’s future plans. Hill responded to Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington’s comments about Hill not wanting to coach. Hill’s response: “I never said I didn’t want to coach,” Hill said this afternoon. “I just didn’t want to be with Pittsburgh. I definitely want to coach.” This takes me back to the post...

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Perry Hill not returning

According to Chuck Finder on the PBC Blog, Perry Hill won’t be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates next season. The loss of Hill could be bigger than the loss of any player the Pirates have traded away the last two seasons. Hill is an excellent infield defensive coach, and his impact has been clear this off-season. Take Andy LaRoche, for example. LaRoche looked horrible on defense last year, and had a -0.1 UZR in his 502.1...

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Looking back at the Xavier Nady Trade

It’s funny how a year can change everything in regards to the perception of a deal. A year ago the Jason Bay trade was widely regarded as a success, while the Xavier Nady trade was widely criticized. In both deals the Pirates added a top prospect, getting Andy LaRoche in the Bay trade, and getting Jose Tabata in the Nady trade. Both moves added additional talent, with Ohlendorf, Morris, McCutchen, Moss, Karstens, and Hansen. Now...

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Positional Breakdowns: Third Base

About a month ago I was at PNC Park for the Baseball Prospectus event, which included a Q&A session with Neal Huntington. In the Q&A session, Huntington was asked about moving Pedro Alvarez, the Pirates’ top prospect to first base. Huntington’s response was that, until someone stepped up as a proven major league third baseman, no one would be changing positions. The Pirates have three main options at third base,...

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