Positional Breakdowns: First Base

I always felt that Adam LaRoche got a bad rap while he was in Pittsburgh. Many players get criticized for being unpredictable. In LaRoche’s case, he was too predictable. LaRoche started out every season with a poor April, heated up in May and June, then caught fire from July to the end of the season. LaRoche is a career .274 hitter, and I’m sure if you go and look at the breakdown of most .270-.280 hitters, you’ll...

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Improvement Since the Trades

The Ryan Doumit situation has brought up a lot of speculation, with the biggest theories suggesting that the starting catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates is disgruntled over the trades that have been made this season. Personally I don’t want to speculate on what the disagreement between John Russell and Doumit was. However, that won’t stop me from looking at whether or not there is any reason to be disgruntled over the...

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Pirates Notebook: No need to call Clement up

Jeff Clement has gotten off to a great start with the Indianapolis Indians, batting for a .343/.439/.800 line with five homers in 35 at-bats in his first nine games since coming over in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal. That gives Clement a .292/.372/.531 line in 407 AAA at-bats this season, with 19 homers. Clement was the top prospect in Seattle in 2006 and 2008, falling to number two on the list in 2007 due to Adam Jones taking over...

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Pearce earning his keep

Last night, John Perrotto wrote that Steve Pearce is running out of opportunities at the major league level. I felt Pearce had been doing pretty well since being recalled from Triple-A, so I decided to look at his numbers. Obviously, there is a sample size issue with all of these stats. Pearce has just 62 plate appearances this season, 48 of which have come during his most recent stint with the Pirates. For the year, he is hitting an...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/20/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis beat Durham 3-1. -Daniel McCutchen pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits, with six strikeouts and a walk. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 0 for 1 with 3 walks. Steve Pearce went 2 for 4 with a two run homer. Brian Bixler went 1 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season. AA The Result: Altoona beat Reading 8-2. -Jose Tabata went 0...

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