Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/23/11

PLAYER PROFILE: MATT HAGUE Matt Hague hit two homers tonight, giving him three in the last week.  He’s currently hitting for a .316/.367/.460 line at the AAA level, which is very similar to his career totals of .302/.369/.436.  Hague has been extremely consistent throughout his career.  His yearly totals: 2008: .322/.386/.467 in 242 AB in low-A 2009: .293/.356/.412 in 454 AB in high-A 2010: .295/.375/.442 in 509 AB in AA 2011:...

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Reverse Trade Values: Pirates Becoming Buyers

In the past I’ve done this trade values series solely on what our trade chips have been worth.  However, the term “trade chips” has been limited to the people the Pittsburgh Pirates could eventually deal as sellers.  I mentioned that Joel Hanrahan (article here) and Paul Maholm (article here) could get good returns, but that Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder (article here) probably wouldn’t see much, and that was...

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Reviewing the 2011 Rule 5 Roster Crunch

We’ve reviewed the upcoming Rule 5 roster crunch before, noting that the Pittsburgh Pirates will have a lot of players eligible for the upcoming draft in December.  With about half a season in the books, let’s review the best of the first time eligible players, broken down by category.  The categories will be: Must Protect - The obvious choices Good Talent - Guys with the talent, but lacking the results Depth - Guys who...

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Optimizing the 25-Man Roster

About a year ago at this time, the Pittsburgh Pirates had started promoting players from their AAA squad to take over for some of the struggling players in the majors.  The decisions to be made were easy.  Aki Iwamura was struggling at second base, with a .173/.274/.250 line at the plate when he was replaced with Neil Walker, who had an impressive .321/.392/.560 line in Indianapolis.  Jeff Clement and Andy LaRoche were also...

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Lyle Overbay: Platoon Candidate

Garrett Jones is doing his job. The Pittsburgh Pirates moved Jones to right field this year, and brought in Matt Diaz to platoon with Jones, utilizing the strength and favorable platoon splits for each player.  So far this season, that is working out favorably for Jones. The left hander is batting for a .280/.393/.547 line on the season, with six homers in 75 at-bats.  That’s entirely fueled by his performance against right...

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