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Roberto

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A Very Different Take on the Pirates' Draft

"I like what they did." Thus spake John Manuel about the draft of the Pirates. He joined J.J. Cooper and draft maven Clint Longnecker on the Baseball America Draft Podcast Part II. To hear this...

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What the 39th Pick Might Fetch

This is based on the BA rankings, offering brief scouting reports from a variety of sources for players ranked 36th through 44th on their list. Other lists have different players in this range, but...

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Why are Altoona and Indianapolis such hard places to hit?

If you've been to Bradenton for spring training, you think you know why Marauders' players hit so well in the summer. The park has modest dimensions (335 down the lines, 375 in the alleys, and 400...

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Not a dime's worth of difference?

As you probably know, James Santelli has mined PECOTA and ZiPS to project that the Bucs will have a good bench next year. Mostly this is due to forecasts that Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, and Mike...

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HS Draft Prospects

There's a good deal out there about top college players, but much less about high school players. Here's a brief introduction to players who are likely to be available when the Pirates draft at 9...

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No Clint?

In his good news FanPost bucsfaninwa talked about happy event Clint Robinson makes Jones expendable But the prevailing wisdom is that Jones should be the starter. That Jones has major league...

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Is rebuilding ever worth it?

By that I mean concluding that your team is uncompetitive and trading away decent players for prospects while they still have some value. This is a business question, not a baseball question,...

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Are Nick Kingham and Clay Holmes really the same person?

Taking a look at the recent mlb.com prospects page makes you wonder. Hmm, both 6'5" and 220+, and in pictures from their State College days, they look like twins. Nick Kingham grades out as...

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What the Competition is Doing: Cubs Edition

OK, so the Cardinals didn't do much this winter, and the Brewers worked on upgrading the bullpen via signing ex-Pirates. So what have the Cubs been up to? Lots and lots, it turns out. They've...

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What the Competition is Doing: Cardinals Editions

Yesterday I reviewed what the Brewers had been up to. Mostly rebuilding the bullpen with ex-Pirates. Today I'll look at the Cards, who present a very different picture. They scored a lot of runs...

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What the Competition is Doing: Brewers Edition

We've all been focused on what the Pirates are doing. Fair enough. But what the competition has been doing matters a lot, and that has gotten far less attention. Here are the standings at the end...

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Why another starter is needed

As a group in 2012 Pirate starters were 11th in the National League in ERA, 12th in FIP, 8th in xFIP, and 12th in fWAR. Not inspiring. I hope that Wandy Rodriguez will continue to represent an...

What might Hanrahan bring in a trade?

Less than you might imagine, if recent history is any guide. It is true that teams seem to overpay for closers when only money is on the line, but they seem to hold on to prospects and players much...

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How should we rate McPherson and Locke?

Opinions vary. Pat Lackey comments Jeff Locke and Justin Wilson are not ready. They might not ever really be ready to start. In contrast, WTM suggested that despite his underwhelming...

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Three Reasons to Watch the First World Series Game

First, the Tigers are a potential trade partner for a catcher. They have four catchers with major league experience: Alex Avila, age 25, with a career fWAR of 8.6. Bryan Holaday, age 24, with a...

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So, how about A-Rod?

He may be done in New York, and no one is going to take on his contract. Last year in 122 games (and 529 at bats) he had a slash line of 272/353/430. That is well below his career line of...

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Some numbers about the farm system

Baseball America is going through its online top prospects tease. You know, the one where they publish the lists league by league over a number of weeks. I'm a print subscriber, so I could see...

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On the usefulness of GCL Prospect lists

So here's a list of Baseball America's top GCL prospects from five years ago. A "*" means the player has been in the majors. 1. Michael Burgess, of, Nationals, in AA with 252/344/451 over...

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Draft Round and MLB Performance

After reading a bit of the discussion about the Pirates' drafts, I began to get the feeling that it was a bit short on real data. To address this I took Fangraphs' data for Wins Above Replacement...

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BA's Best

Alen Hanson was voted the SAL "Most Exciting Player" in Baseball America's recent lists. He has a slash line of 315/380/550, with 29 doubles, 12 triples, and 16 homers. In some real news, Gift...

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Shortstops lead the way

Alen Hanson was voted the SAL "Most Exciting Player" in Baseball America's recent lists. He has a slash line of 315/380/550, with 29 doubles, 12 triples, and 16 homers. In some real news, Gift...

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Dickerson and Matt Curry as "fringy" prospects?

In response to my query yesterday, Brian Cartwright described Alex Dickerson and Matt Curry as "fringy" prospects. (He was suggesting that their chances to be starters in the show were not great.)...

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Marte versus Upton

by Roberto, Bucs Dugout Jun 7 2012, 4:16p

To alert folks to an interesting article about IL prospects over on Fangraphs, I was going to use the title "Interesting data about prospects over at Fangraphs," but decided that their title was...

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A little background on the offense

That the Pirates would have a bad offense this year was a given. Only the Giants and Padres had a worse wOBA or scored fewer runs in 2011. The offseason saw the Pirates drop an unimpressive...

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Why is Merrero still considered a first rounder?

Steve from Saint Louis asked Jim Callis why Deven Merrero was still considered a first round prospect, given his offensive struggles. Was Steve undervaluing defense, or do scouts really think he...

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Rating the Farm System: Part 3

To really make sense of how good the farm system is demands comparison. Baseball America does an annual ranking FWIW. It put the Cardinals 10, Pirates 11, and Nationals 12. Here are BA's top 10...

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Rating the Farm System: Part 2

In talking about the farm system it is easy to lose sight of the goal, which is developing the handful of players who will play in the major leagues. So, if Bradenton is brutal as a team, but Cole...

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Rating the Farm System: Part 1

There has been a good deal of discussion about how good or bad the farm system is. Missing from that discussion is much in the way of comparison. Looking at the far from satisfying 2009 draft is a...

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Understanding Small Sample Size Effects

Everyone mentions why small sample sizes should be viewed with caution. But most of us ignore it in practice, because it's more fun to celebrate a player who has gotten off to a good start or...

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