That's basically what he says in this video at the Post-Gazette's website, which I found in a thread at Honest Wagner. He goes out of his way to say that stats are "extraordinarily important" to him. He also notes the importance of scouting and reiterates that the "only way this is going to work" is for Pirates need to acquire and develop a core of young stars.
I'm excited. Bob Smizik cautions at the beginning of the video about how there were reasons to be excited about Dave Littlefield too, and his warnings shouldn't be ignored. But I'm very happy with what I've seen so far.