In an effort to keep any good ideas from slipping through the cracks, I keep a list of potential writing topics on my phone. Sometimes, I never revisit a topic and it simply remains on the list for months. Left over from this past offseason is the entry “Case for Tabata.” I believe I jotted this down around the time some of the top prospect lists were being published by various websites. I felt that Jose Tabata was being undervalued since his trade to the Pirates, and wanted to back it up with some statistics, etc. Fast forward about three months and, at least in Pittsburgh, it seems as if Tabata is becoming a bit overhyped.

Yesterday, an article in the Tribune-Review stated that Tabata is “putting up big numbers for Triple-A Indianapolis and inching closer to the big club.” Tabata ...

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