Ugh. Both Brad Lincoln and Neil Walker took a tumble down the prospect charts today.
UPDATE: Sorry, I didn't have time to comment on this more thoroughly when I posted it. If the Bucs are moving Walker because his defense at catcher stunk, that's one thing, and I'm not really prepared to comment on that. But, from all indications, this appears to be a show of confidence for Ronny Paulino, which is just an incredibly stupid reason to move a good prospect. Walker has so much more value to the Bucs as a catcher. If Walker barrels through the minors this year and the Bucs suddenly have two major-league quality catchers, that's a great problem to have, and then they can trade one of them for something nice. The Pirates have taken a really nice situation at catcher, with Paulino, Walker, and Ryan Doumit, and moved the two hitters with the most upside to positions where their bats may not carry them. That strikes me as a really dumb thing to do. Paulino is a nice player to have, but he's not the Catcher of the Future or anything like that. Most organizations would not be at all satisfied with Paulino as the presumptive starter for the next several years - sure, you hope things work out, but you aren't surprised if they don't. But the Pirates aren't like most organizations, I guess.
As for Lincoln, we'll see how serious this is, but given the Bucs' troubles with injuries to their pitching prospects and their lack of honesty in reporting those injuries, I fear the worst. The fact that it's an elbow problem is worrisome.