Tim Dierkes at RotoAuthority takes a look at the NL Central's lead-off hitters.  Here's what he has to say about the Pirates:
Duffy had one good month out of three last year (September).  If he can hit enough to remain the everyday CF and lead-off man, we could be looking at 90 runs and the cheapest 40 SBs you'll find.  If he reaches his PECOTA (.287/.339/.413) he'll keep his job all year.
Keep in mind that Dierkes runs a fantasy baseball site, so his assessments might be valued differently than those of a baseball scout.  Still, he considers Chris Duffy to be a questionable presence at the top of the order.  Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Freel, Rickie Weeks and David Eckstein are more impressive--they all draw the "solid" tag.  Only Chris Burke of the Astros receives as much scrutiny as Duffy.  N...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.