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Top o' the Morning, Start o' the Season Charts

Welcome to the “Start of the Season” charts!  If you haven’t seen these before, they are a cheat sheet for the casual fan.  The charts present a snapshot of the Pirates’ starters, next starters, and starters-after-next using only assets we have on hand.  It tries to show areas of strength (pitching) and weakness (1B and corner outfield).  It also reflects contract status and team control.  I expect to update them again around the trade deadline

     I’ve re-formatted the charts so they (hopefully) display better on Bucs Dugout; they are viewed best in “wide” view.  Information comes from http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com, http://www.baseball-reference.com, http://www.piratesprospects.com, and of course, the discussions here. The 2011 Pirates Prospects Prospect Guide was particularly helpful, and no, I am not a reimbursed spokesman for, or employee of, Pirates Prospects (or the Pirates front office, which I reflexively defend).  

     My guess as to when (or if) minor league players join the Pirates was gathered, using Stuxnet, from the top-secret computers of the Nutting family, Neal Huntington, and Clint Hurdle.  I’ll offer only brief comments as (hopefully) these are self-explanatory.      

 

     At catcher, the Doumit era is over unless Snyder spends a long time on the DL. 

     We have depth problems at 1B, 3B, and corner outfielders who hit for power. Given that Matt Diaz is here for two years and Garrett Jones is his platoon buddy, I think we will cover a gap year at 1B with some other option.  Steve Pearce would make a useful gap-filler until, as speculated here, Pedro Alvarez transitions to 1B or we sign Albert Pujols.  The 1B picture could change significantly if Matt Hague breaks out at Indy, as that would lessen the pressure to draft Anthony Rendon.  For now, given our overall lack of power, I’m still in the camp that believes we will draft Rendon, although we won’t sign him quickly enough to have him play this year. 

    

     The future middle infielder picture is difficult to project.  It does seem to me that D’Arnaud is consistently viewed as the former SS most likely to be transitioned to 2B. You’ll have to take my word for it, but I set these projections before hearing that the Pirates traded Negrych, so I’m either a little good at this or lucky.

     I am leaving the “Left Fielder-After-Next” blank because I didn’t see any names that could credibly fill that position.  As is oft-discussed here, a Pirates LF has to be more Al Oliver than Willie Stargell or Richie Zisk.  (Just the thought makes the heart shudder.)  Many of our CF prospects could end up being the next LF or the LF-After-Next. Hopefully, we’ll never have to find out because McClutch will be bought out of his first free-agency year and Tabata will remain healthy and productive.

Position

Player

Acquired

ST

OL

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

C

Chris Snyder  

tr10

6.047

0

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Sanchez

dr09

0.000

3

AA

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

Ramon Cabrera

fa08

0.000

3

A

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1B

Lyle Overbay 

fa11

8.026

0

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Pearce

dr05

1.011

1

28

29

30

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Alvarez     

dr08

0.110

1

 

 

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2B

Neil Walker            

dr04

0.166

3

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

Chase D’Arnaud        

dr08

0.000

3

AA

AAA

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

Jarek Cunningham

dr08

0.000

3

A

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SS

Ronny Cedeno

tr09

5.029

0

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Rodriguez

5dr11

0.000

3

26

27

28

29

30

31

 

 

 

 

 

Jordy Mercer  

dr08

0.000

3

AAA

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3B

Pedro Alvarez

dr08

0.110

1

24

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Harrison          

tr09

0.000

3

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

 

 

 

Anthony Rendon

dr11

0.000

3

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A

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LF

Jose Tabata  

tr08

0.117

1

22

23

24

25

26

27

 

 

 

 

 

Starling Marte             

fa07

0.000

3

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CF

Andrew McCutchen  

dr05

1.123

3

24

25

26

27

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorkys Hernandez

tr09

0.000

2

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

Mel Rojas, Jr.   

dr10

0.000

3

A

AA

AAA

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RF

Garret Jones

fa08

1.158

0

29

30

31

32

33

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Diaz   

fa10

5.157

0

33

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Lambo

tr10

0.000

3

AAA

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

Quincy Latimore  

dr07

0.000

3

AA

AAA

24

25

26

27

28

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ST = Service Time

 

 

Player starts year in AAA but sees ML service; not eligible for arbitration.

 

OL = Options Left

 

 

Player is not eligible for arbitration.

 

Age  as of 1st month of season

 

 

Player is eligible for arbitration.

 

 

 

 

Player is under contract.

 

 

 

 

Player is under an option that the Pirates may exercise.

 

 

 

 

Player is eligible for free agency and is presumed not to be with the Pirates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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