Smiling

Roberto

  • joined Mar 26, 2008
  • last login Jun 10, 2014
  • posts 128
  • comments 696
User Blog
FanPost
16

Got a chance to see Bradenton last night

Carlos Paulino was impressive, even though he's not been hitting much so far. His actions behind the plate were very athletic and nothing got through him. His arm looks strong and accurate. He also...

FanPost
8

Breakout Candidates in West Virginia

Over at Baseball America, Tim Coulter of Pittsburgh asked Jim Callis "Who will be the next Pirates prospect to break out?" To no one's surprise, Jim nominated Alen Hanson, describing him as a "a...

FanPost
26

Hague's defense?

Is Matt Hague "a slow, defensively limited first baseman?" This is a real question, though I'm happy to start an argument if folks have disagreements. Evidently he's not agile enough to play third...

FanPost
15

One Aspect of Catcher Defense

Over at Fangraphs David Appleman has a piece on pitch blocking by catchers. He creates two new statistics. One is CPP, the expected number of passed pitches. The other is RPP, runs above or below...

FanPost
25

Is Tony Sanchez even the Pirates' best minor league catcher?

From WTM's profiles The Pirates could have a catching crunch at Altoona in 2012, as both Cabrera and Paulino deserve promotions, but Altoona’s 2011 catcher, Tony Sanchez, does not. At Bradenton...

FanPost
25

A Little Spending Primer

It might be useful to put the Pirates' 2012 draft spending in some perspective, as it's hard to keep track of what other teams have spent in the past. Here's a look at what teams spending in the...

FanPost
5

Did you know that Bryan Bullington was an All-Start last year?

I was looking at Baseball America League Top 20s recently, and opened the 2003 Carolina League list. I had completely forgotten how prospects of the Bucs completely dominated the list. Five of the...

FanPost
2

A look at some guys who didn't sign last year.

BA lists Austin Kubitza as one of the top 50 sophomores. Seventh to be precise. In terms of scouting, the Bucs seem to have been right on. He was the Rice Friday night starter last year and has won...

FanPost
41

Pedro Alvarez first in at-bats, Josh Harrison second in fWAR

As Tim Williams noted As of the end of the 2011 season, only eight players from the entire 2008 draft class have produced a career 2.0 WAR or better, according to Baseball-Reference. That just...

FanPost
24

Minor League Free Agents Who Actually Plan to Play

The Pirates have signed a bunch of them. Only one, Shairon Martis, appears to be more than minor league filler. Here's a run-down.Nick Evans a 25-year-old first baseman, BR/TR, 256/305/407. His...

FanPost
23

News Flash: New CBA Shafts Yankees

You heard it here. The new agreement hurts the Yankees. A post on Yankees Fans Unite tells us that the new deal, despite what many others have said, is not good for big market teams and especially...

FanPost
7

Dayton Moore on CBA: What Me Worry?

Dayton Moore is the GM of the Royals. In a recent interview in the Kansas City Star, he shrugged off concerns regarding the draft spending limits. "It’s actually better than the (recommendations...

FanPost
20

Tell me why I'm wrong

First, tell me what happens in this situation. Gerrit Cole wants $8 million and slot is $4 million. He says he won't sign for $4 million. Will the Pirates pay $12 ($8 million plus $4 million in...

FanPost
20

Everybody wants Clint Barmes

At least that's what  Chris Cwik hears. In the last three years Barmes has generated more than 20 runs above replacement on defense. It's true that most of that has been erased by his offense, as...

Building via free agency

1

Older middle infielders tend to provide the best value, and relief pitchers the least. I've been wondering for a while if age isn't the new inefficiency factor. A 34-year-old player is not going to get better long term, but if you're signing for a year or two, do you care about upside?

FanPost
7

Looking at the 2009 Draft

A number of these draftees have been playing professionally for three years, so for some we can start to get a feel for their potential. The good news is that several look quite promising. Three...

FanPost
3

A Second Retrospective on the 2008 Draft

Last year I took a look at everyone who was drafted by the Pirates in the 2008 draft. I return to that draft class a year older, but not much wiser. Last year's comments are bold for players who...

FanPost
104

Five Better Values than Maholm at $9.75 Million?

Amid the dismay about the likely decision to decline Mahom's option, I think an important point has been missed: It is likely that one can get comparable performance for substantially less than...

FanPost
15

Thinking about BA Prospect Rankings

In the light of the furor over the non-ranking of a bunch of seemingly promising Pirates' prospects from the FSL, I though it would be interesting to look at a few other team's ranked prospects....

FanPost
13

What happened? What's to be done about it?

Let's start with some good news. Thus far in 2011 The Pirates have scored 3.72 runs per game (14th in the National League). They have allowed 4.34 runs per game (10th in the National League). How...

FanPost
3

And for some good news from Florida

I'm sure Charlie will do a recap on the Bradenton season shortly, but a quick look at their season impressed me no end. We've already heard about Cabrera winning the batting title, but there's...

FanPost
46

Is a new shortstop needed? Available? A priority?

Ronny Cedeno gets little love in these pages. If you use Fangraphs' Wins above Replacement data over the last two years, Ronny shows up 17th among major league shortstops. Using these metrics Ronny...

Kyle Boddy is nervous about Gerrit Cole

4

This is a detailed analysis of Cole's delivery based on film.

FanPost
24

Mid-year Review: Pitching Prospects

This offers a quick overview of the performance of top pitching prospects. The news was better last year. Lincoln is left out because of too many MLB innings. 1. Jameson Taillon (19) RHP - (3.66...

FanPost
21

A simple explanation for the success of the Pirates

What jolted my thinking was an excellent article about the Brewers by Rany Jazayerli. It's called "Undervalued Sluggers: Can the Milwaukee Brewers play winning baseball without playing defense?" I...

FanPost
36

How are the top position prospects doing?

To answer this question I'll take the top 10 position prospects from the Pirates Prospects Position Guide and look at their on base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. I'll also try to offer...

FanPost
9

Throw strikes, work fast, change speeds

That was Ray Miller's mantra in the heyday of the Orioles. Notice he didn't mention anything about striking tons of people out. That seems to apply to most Pirate pitchers not named Hanrahan. The P...

FanPost
5

The resurgence of Matt Diaz

He's not a star. Never was. He had an OPS+ of 136 for Atlanta in 2009 and an OPS+ of 102 for Atlanta in 2010. In 140 at bats for the Pirates he has surged to an OPS+ of 81, meaning that he trails...

FanPost
9

Pujols out 4 to 6 weeks

Sorry to see this. Obviously this affects all of the NL Central, as The Cardinals now have yet another hole in their lineup due to injury--a three-time MVP sized hole. It makes the injury...

FanPost
7

Next?

Let's not over-react, but a complete inability to score runs makes it hard to win ball games. A possible solution is to move Jones to first, release Overbay, send down Ciriaco, and bring up...

Newer Showing 31 - 60 of 128 Older
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.