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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Notes: Charlie Morton, Steven Jackson, Injuries, Brad Lincoln

Some notes to catch up from over the weekend… -The Pirates placed Charlie Morton on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with shoulder fatigue.  Neal Huntington had this quote, via the PBC Blog: “Charlie has been battling mild shoulder discomfort and fatigue off and on for the majority of the season. Charlie has not wanted to use it as an excuse and has worked to pitch through it. Until now, we felt we could work through the...

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Several thoughts on Charlie Morton

I didn’t get to see the start by Charlie Morton tonight, but by all accounts, I’m glad I missed it.  I was actually at dinner with my family when the game started.  My Dad was following along on MLB At-Bat, and giving me the play by play of the first inning.  After hearing that Morton walked the first batter and gave up a single to the next batter, then balked both over, I kind of knew what was coming....

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When should the children arrive?

Brad LincolnOn Monday, Dejan reported that we might start seeing some Triple-A players arriving in Pittsburgh. So when should each player be promoted? Click here to find out when Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata, Brad Lincoln and Neil Walker should arrive in Pittsburgh.

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Two Players At Each Level Who Should Be Promoted

It’s almost the end of May, which means we’ve seen two months out of most of the prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system.  We’ve already seen one promotion, with Bryan Morris going from high-A to AA, after an excellent run in high-A which saw him put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with a 40:7 K/BB ratio. Two months isn’t enough time for some prospects to prove that they are ready,...

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