First Impressions on the Pirates in the Florida Complex League

BRADENTON, Fla. - I've seen a good bit of the FCL Pirates in the early part of their season.  As I write this, they're 7-4, which is a pretty good reflection of what I've seen on the field -- they look like a good team.

Whether that translates into major league players in the long term is a separate question that can't be answered yet, so I'll stick with what they look like now.
FCL Pirates Notes
**To begin with, the Pirates strike me as a very good defensive team.  Whether it's because of the organization's focus at the lower levels on enhancing the players' understanding of the game, I can't say.

I can say that this team seems more fundamentally sound than what we've been seeing at the lower levels.  (Anybody who saw a lot of the Marauders last year will know what I'm talking abo...

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emjayinTN

WTM: Checking BR I cannot find any position played by Bubba Chandler. Doing very well as a pitcher and hitter, but was he not going to try to play a position as well?

Shalin Polanco is “down” a little in hitting, but possibly the youngest position player on the team? Alessandro Ercolani doing well on the mound, and another very young kid on the team. Good to see Polanco and Bishop playing all 3 OF positions.

kja1970

Did they say he would be DH-only this year?

kja1970

Based on Clay Davenport’s statistics, the FCL team is really good on D

https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/2620/baseball-prospectus-basics-evaluating-defense/

mmb1389

I saw plenty of unearned runs during the first two FCL weeks. Good to know the percentage.
I had to go to Port Charlotte to get autographs. The FCL game last week was played on the inside field. I had to go home.

roberto

Thanks Wilbur. This may speak to a question I raised earlier: What’s the competitive advantage for the Bucs going forward? Right now the have oceans of MiLB talent and a tiny MLB payroll. Those will pass. So, go for defense and grow HS pitchers?

emjayinTN

Very lucky because I think we would have had a good chance to lose those two and Mason Martin.

mpg43952

Coaching up prospects to actually know how to play this game? No more bonehead two guys on third situations? That’s crazy talk! How will we know they’re Bucs?

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