Hello all. I have been lurking this place for awhile, seems like an excellent forum (better than OBN, and obviously way better than the PBC Blog, pirates message board, etc.). So I figured I'd start posting here. I would like to start by asking anybody if they can answer these questions I have about certain Pirates prospects, and the system in general.
1) Does everyone here consider Matt Hague a legitimate prospect? To me, he's one of the best pure hitters in the system, although it is a little bit of a black mark on him that he doesn't hit for much power as a first baseman. But still, when our best option going forward is Steve Pearce, it's pretty obvious that the guy doesn't need to be Prince Fielder to be legitimate. From what I can tell, Hague's high OBP and low strikeout rate indicate that he could be a guy who puts up .350 OBPs (or higher) in the majors, and I have always considered OBP more important than slugging.
2) Has anyone watched Evan Chambers hit? Cause like a lot of WV Power players, he is kind of interesting, but seems flawed. He seems to strike out a ton, but his walk rate is equally absurd. I am wondering if his huge walk rate indicates that he just takes a LOT of pitches, meaning that he works himself into a lot of 3-ball counts AND 2-strike counts. Cause if that's true, that could easily justify his high K rate and really establish him as a guy to watch going forward, in my view.
3) Tim Alderson has been statistically pretty good for awhile now. I'm wondering, first, (and I think this has been discussed before) what his velocity is at? Secondly, I'm wondering what the timeline is as far as regaining velocity and mechanics changes...should Alderson been throwing in the low 90s again by now, or is it normal that he sits at 86? Either way, people who write him off are idiots- velocity dip or not, he's holding his own in AA at 21, 2 years below an "age-appropriate" level.
4) Is it just me, or have these last two drafts (along with the performance of the system this year) shifted the Pirates balance of power between hitting and pitching hugely in favor of the latter? It seems like about 15 of our top 20 prospects by next year will be pitchers...is everyone cool with this discrepancy? Alex Presley alone can't make up for the failures of D'Arnaud/Grossman or the injury to Marte, which should basically stop his development for over a year...
Are the Latin American hitters good enough to bring the level of hitting prospects up in this system?