WTM in a Primer thread (about John Sickels' list of the Pirates' top 20 prospects) yesterday:
I said something like this in a conversation with a couple of Pirate fans the other night. Here are a couple of 2008 ZiPS projections:
Steve Pearce .267/.324/.462
Xavier Nady .259/.319/.449
Pearce will be 25 in April, and he hit .320/.366/.557 in Class AAA last year. Is there any good reason to send him back there? Nady currently has a starting job, even though Pearce is a good bet to be better than him offensively and perhaps also defensively. Whether or not the Bucs move Nady (or, I guess, Jason Bay or Adam LaRoche) to make way for Pearce should tell us a lot about what kind of season they want to have in 2008.