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Roberto

  • joined Mar 26, 2008
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On the Rise?

Brandon Cumpton gave up seven (count 'em, seven) earned runs in each of his first three starts (never getting into the fifth inning). He also had six strikeouts, six walks, and gave up four home...

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In defense of Dave Littlefield

Jim Callis of Baseball America on the selection of Brian Bullington (in response to a question about choosing Danny Hultzen:  People don't remember this, because then-GM David Littlefield called...

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Jordy Mercer: Flying under the Radar?

Those of you who obsessively watch the Altoona statistics have noted that Jordy Mercer heated up considerably in May. He moved from an OPS of 579 in April to an OPS of 991 through yesterday in May....

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Player Development

One of the problems over the years with the Pirates has been player development. Add that to skimping on talent acquisition and you have a recipe for losing. We've been told that this was changed...

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Prediction: Felix Pie Will be Next

Cornering the market on the Baseball America top prospects of 2005 is obviously the plan. Andy Marte (Braves and Indians), Lastings Milledge (Mets), Neil Walker, Jeff Clement (Mariners), and now B...

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And for the good news

Indy up 2-0 through five, and Rudy Owens has a no-hitter thus far. The Indians chased Cueto in the fourth inning after some shoddy fielding by the Bats. One really has to pitch well for the Indians...

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How often do prospects succeed?

Here's a fascinating article over on Royals Review. It asks, based on historical precedent, what can we expect from various kinds of highly regarded prospects? Of course this is highly relevant...

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No Respect

Browsing the Baseball America listing of top prospects by position, I noticed that Rudy Owens didn't make the list at all. In contrast, four Royals left handers were on the list. Of course all four...

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Owens is for real

Great article over on Pirates Prospects. In it Tim Williams says that those of us who equate Rudy Owens with Zach Duke have our heads up some place really bad (or haven't seen Owens pitch). I've...

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Rendon back to third

After being limited to DH duties most of this season with a shoulder strain, Anthony Rendon returned to third base in Rice's 7-2 win against Houston on Wednesday. This should give a better...

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DK thinks Ciriaco sticks

In his blog Dejan said I think Pedro Ciriaco will make the team, which I didn't think before (and I don't think the Pirates anticipated, either). They like his defense a lot, especially the arm,...

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Update from Arizona on Nate Adcock

He's been pitching well for the Royals this spring  five scoreless innings in four games. But the Royals have 13 candidates for 5 positions. While a couple of these can and should be sent to the...

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Was Dejan just having a bad day?

Or am I just being my usual unrealistically optimistic self in thinking that the Bucs might improve by 10-15 games? When asked by a reader if there were any reason for optimism (other than Clutch,...

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Random thoughts from Clearwater

From the front row at Bright House Field, armed with good beer and sunblock (thanks to BD recommendations) your intrepid reporter offers gold-plated insights. Wimberley is really fast. See two SB...

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So how might Moskos or Watson do?

Tom Tango and Marcel have a simple answer. They would pitch 25 innings with an ERA of 4.32, which is the default forecast for a reliever with no major league experience. Were Major League...

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10-3

Pirates win! Pirates win! Where can I buy World Series Tickets? Seriously, though, Andrew McCutchen and Garret Jones both had three-hit games. In signs of the doom awaiting Tampa Bay, not only do...

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Some projections

Last year the Pirates were nearly a replacement level team. The team Wins Above Replacement for 2010 was 2.8 according to Fangraphs. To the shock of no one, the Pirates finished last in the...

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Another spring training question

Thanks to WVPiratesfan (sun screen) and WTM for answering my questions about spring training. And thanks to Pitchers and Catchers Report for useful information. 2010 will be the year asked a...

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A spring training question

As a dutiful son-in-law I insisted that my wife and I go visit my mother- and sister-in-law in Tampa in early March. Obviously I'll want to catch a spring training game and play a little tennis. No...

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A question about Rudy Owens

If you dive into the subscriber-only discussions of prospects on BA, after praising Rudy Owens's fastball command, DK says of him His secondary offerings, a slurvy breaking ball and a changeup,...

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Pirates sign Adrian Gonzalez!!

Now some of you may have noted that the Pirates actually signed Lyle Overbay and responded "Meh, he sure ain't Adrian Gonzalez." But bear with me for a second.  Pirate first basemen were dreadful...

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Littlefield versus the neighbors in the draft

The right comparison is to look at the players taken right after Littlefield picked in 2003. I suppose one could make the case that the Pirates should have taken Aaron Hill or Ian Stewart, but none...

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Two things excited me about DK's chat at BA

First, when asked a question about Rudy Owens, Dejan replied that Owens was really hard to assess. In talking to scouts, Dejan got different perceptions from those who saw him early and from those...

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The 2008: The Beginning of the Beginning?

  Several people have noted that NH’s first draft looks like a good one. Charlie commented that 14 players still look like viable candidates, and players from the 2008 draft have formed the core of...

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We could have signed those guys!

I just stumbled onto an interesting article by Rich Lederer over on Baseball Analysts. His basic question was "How much does each win above replacement cost when you sign a free agent?" His overall...

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Between Altoona and State College

Interstate 99 fits that bill, but so do Pirates farmhands at Bradenton and West Virginia. I thought it would be useful to take a look at some of the pitchers who look promising and spent time at...

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So who might be better than Duke? And available?

That depends on how you define better. And for pitchers who are not free agents, availability is a little hard to assess. The two most commonly used defense-independent measures of pitching are the...

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What about Chris Resop as a Starter?

Obviously I'm not the first to think of this, as WTM has remarked Given his success as a starter in AAA in 2010, the Pirates might want to consider him in that role, but they've given no...

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The real reason for the Pirates' failure

Two words "rope neckalces." The best players wear them; ours do not. Proof below. Here's Elvis Andrus. And here's Tim Lincecum. See his rope necklace?    Proof of the second proposition. Notice...

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Jorge de la Rosa

In the discussion about fantasy free agent signings several people mentioned Jorge de la Rosa of the Rockies. Knowing how bad he was in Milwaukee and Kansas City, I wondered over on Purple Row,...

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