Yesterday I had my weekly segment on ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh with David Todd. We discussed several prospects with the season winding down, with the highlights being a look at Josh Bell’s defense, the difference between Chad Kuhl and Steven Brault, and the good things that Tito Polo has been showing this year. You can listen to the podcast of the interview below.


  1. You mentioned in the broadcast that Tito Polo was signed out of Colombia, and I think his progress may be why the Pirates felt they could deal fellow Colombian, Harold Ramirez. Neal Huntington said after the trade: “We have other outfielders that we like either at a similar level, or more than Harold.” My first thought was Polo.

    • I think we agree that we need that bat in the middle of our lineup – a switchhitter who hits for excellent average, good power, and has a keen eye at the plate. Going into last night he had 54 Walks and only 68 K’s so far this season, and his OBP is over .400 for the 500+ AB’s he has had at AAA over the past two seasons. Maybe NH wants that to be the new standard – nobody comes up from AAA until they have at least 500 AB’s at AAA. Lord knows we do not want to take the chance of having to send them back. I heard on the telecast today that Taillon was not brought up until he was a “finished product” – are we now taking seasoning credit for the 2 years he missed due to injury and rehab?

      One part of me can understand they are caught between a rock and a hard place right now with Freese, Jaso, SRod, and Kang all looking for PT in the IF. But this defensive excuse is ridiculous. If Jaso could come directly to the majors and learn 1B in Pittsburgh on the fly, there is no logical reason why Bell could not do the same.

  2. loved this podcast, good stuff. My question on Bell and his defense is, where is he subpar at in terms of defense? Bell’s fielding percentage is .007 worse than Jaso’s, is that actually a big number? It seems tiny to me especially when you consider that Jaso has very little range. If it’s not right at him, it’s getting through and not even getting knocked down. I’m guessing Bell doesn’t have the range either, my guess would be due to lacking a good first step since he certainly has the flat out straight line speed. But Jaso has no range either so what am I missing?

    • Wonder if it is terms of hesitating on some plays yet? I do not know as have not seen Josh play in the field. If they feel he is still thinking too much, that may translate in to more errors and mistakes when the game gets that much faster in the bigs. I think they are erring on the side of caution so that they do not have another Pedro situation at first where he worries too much about the glove that the bat goes away. I dunno… Just opining like the rest of us.

      • yea same with me, just guessing….although maybe that could be an upcoming article here on PP….*cough hint hint cough*

        • Brian: A week ago I posted some defensive comparisons of Jaso and Bell. At that time Jaso was around .992 for a fielding percentage and Bell was at .986. However, that only tells half the story and the rest of the story has to do with Range.

          Bell had about 200 more defensive chances than Jaso even though they played the same number of games. That difference is reflected in a category called Range Factor per Game. Jaso was around 7.70 and Bell was around 9.90. If you look at the defensive stats of MLB 1B, 7.70 is around 18th and 9.90 would be in the Top 3.

          • Yea I saw that, I think it’s because they pull Jaso for a defensive replacement around the 7th inning in many games is the reason way that range factor is so different.

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