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Planning the Pirates of 2011, 2014, and 2017 - Position Players

I'm a casual fan, so as we gear up for an off-season of discussing who we should trade, who we should bring up, and who we should move around, I decided I needed something to help me keep it straight.  Since in my last life we didn't do anything without briefing slides, I thought, "I need a briefing slide."  So I made the following chart to help me keep track of who we have under contract, who is not eligible for arbitration, who has options left, etc. 

Feel free to comment and, should this prove useful enough, I'll try to keep it updated.  This is your...

...Pirates briefing slide from heck.

Position

Player

 

ST[i]

OL[ii]

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

C[iii], [iv]

Ryan Doumit

 

4.120

 

30[v]

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Snyder

 

5.047

 

30

31

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Sanchez

 

 

 

AA[vi]

AAA

24[vii]

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1B

Garret Jones

 

1.158

 

29

30

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Agent or Platoon

 

 

 

I

have

no

freak

in’

idea

who

this

will

be.

 

Anthony Rendon[viii]

 

 

 

A

AA

AAA[ix]

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2B

Neil Walker

 

0.xx

 

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

Chase D’Arnaud[x]

 

 

 

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

Jarek Cunningham

 

 

 

A

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS

Ronnie Cedeno

 

5.029

 

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Argenis Diaz[xi]

 

0.032

 

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

Jordy Mercer

 

 

 

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3B

Pedro Alvarez

 

0.105

2

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

Andy LaRoche

 

3.026

 

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no replacing Pedro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LF[xii]

Jose Tabata

 

0.112

 

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

 

 

 

 

Gorkys Hernandez

 

 

 

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CF

Andrew McCutchen

 

1.123

2

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

Starling Marte

 

 

 

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RF

Free Agent

 

 

 

Zip.

Nada.

No

freak

in’

idea

who

this

will

be.

 

Andrew Lambo

 

 

 

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

Mel Rojas, Jr.

 

 

 

A-

A

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th OF

Lastings Milledge

 

3.080

 

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Presley

 

 

 

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Player is not arbitration eligible or is under contract.

 

 

 

 

Player is arbitration eligible or the club has an option.

 

 

 

 

Player is a free agent.


[i] Estimated MLB service time on the first day of the 2011 season.  Format is Y.DDD; the last three digits are NOT a percentage.  The service time for 1st year MLB players (e.g., Argenis Diaz) are very estimated.     

[ii] Number of options remaining on the first day of the 2011 season, where known. 

[iii] Jason Jaramillo not included because I think we’ll skip directly to Tony Sanchez.

[iv] Generally, the chart lists the current player, the expected replacement, and the “replacement after next.”  There are some exceptions where the three players are just the three most competitive players for a position.  Things get particularly random with the starting pitchers.

[v] Player’s age in April, 2011 or their anticipated first year in the majors. 

[vi] A minor-league player’s expected level at the start of the season; however, a minor-league player may not spend the entire year at that level. 

[vii] The first year a minor league player is expected to play, not start, in the Major League; this might include some AAA time, like McClutch and Pedro.

[viii] Why not? If we are concerned that his ankle affects his mobility, doesn’t it make more sense to move him to first and keep Pedro at 3B?

[ix] However, if he is as good as billed, he could be playing in the majors this year.

[x] Yes, WTM lists him as a SS. But after looking at our 2B choices and comments on how 2B gets filled with “less athletic” players from other positions, it seems like D’Arnaud’s future is at 2B.

[xi] Diaz is 2 years younger than Ciriaco and they appear to be similar players.

[xii] We appear to have very little true depth at the corner outfield positions.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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