Pens off a couple days. Lots of Pirate’s news regarding Marte, Cole, Taillon, & Liriano

Buster Olney has been doing top infields, rotation, bullpen, and outfield in MLB History. (ESPN Insiders Only)

Coming in at 6 was 1990 Pittsburgh PiratesBarry Bonds, Andy Van Slyke andBobby Bonilla

Here is what he said about them: This trio had it all: power, speed, defense. Bonds and Van Slyke were considered to be two of the best defenders at their respective positions; in 1991, Bonds and Van Slyke both won Gold Gloves. In 1990, the three of them combined for 97 doubles, 283 runs and 82 homers (at a time when a 25-homer season was still regarded as a good season). Bonds had an OPS+ of 170, Bonilla 132 and Van Slyke 132, and as Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information notes, this is the last outfield that had three players that each had 400-plus plate appearances and an OPS+ higher than 130.

And at 9… 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates: Willie Stargell, Al Oliver and Richie Zisk

It’s all about context: that year, Mike Schmidt led the NL in home runs with 36. So the production of Stargell, Oliver and Zisk was noteworthy: They combined for 105 doubles, 19 triples and 53 homers, and each of them hit over .300. Stargell had an OPS+ of 168, Zisk 145 and Oliver 136.

Jonathan Mayo has also been doing top 10’s but with prospects.

Two Pirate’s made it, Cole and Taillon.

Here is what he said about Cole:


This is what got cut off: a bit, but he has the weapons to escape trouble. Cole reached Triple-A in his first full season of pro ball and seeing him in Pittsburgh in 2013 seems completely reasonable to expect.

As for Jameson Taillon:


Got cut off: showed better feel for his changeup as well. He’s still growing into his body and tweaking his delivery, leading to some overall command issues, though that shouldn’t be a long-term concern. Another year of experience under his belt might be all he needs to be ready for Pittsburgh.

Here is a list of how some prospects are doing playing elsewhere:

Marte is killing the ball.  So far, Marte has gone 9-for-17, with three runs and four RBI’s in the first four games of the finals It’s a best of 9 and are leading the series 4-0.for the Dominican Winter League Championship.

Ivan De Jesus, acquired in the Hanrahan trade, lead the league in batting average for the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (.364).

The Pirates have almost finalized the deal with Liriano. The deal now includes language that protects the Pirates in case Liriano misses time due to an injury to his non-throwing arm, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Liriano will still earn $12.75MM if he misses no time due to the right arm injury, but his 2013 salary would be reduced if he does miss time because of the injury, which occurred last month.
He just needs to pass his physical.

Other Pirate’s signings:

Garrett Jones: 1yr 4.5mil

Gaby Sanchez: 1yr 1.75 mil

Jeff Karstens: 1yr 2.5 mil. If they would have went to arbitration, he was projected 3.8 mil. Signed through free agency instead.

Brad Hawpe—invited to MLB Spring Training camp. Hurdle guy and very productive from 06-09.

Lucas May— invited to MLB Spring Training camp.

Now that Liriano is “almost done” and signing of Karstens, the Pirates have 4 spots locked up. (Burnett, McDonald, Rodriguez, & Liriano). With the signing of Karstens, it may push Locke and/or McPherson down to AAA. I personally would have liked to see them two get a clear shot but with Karstens coming in, he could win it if healthy.


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