Today, let’s look at some candidates and discuss the likelihood that the Bucs could extend any of them.
One thing that really hits home when your team reaches the bottom of the food chain in MLB is that they are staring at years of work to become a more relevant team. And if you live in Pittsburgh, chances are you see it as even more unreachable because your owner has never dedicated the money it takes to reach the summit.
One of the things the Pirates most needed to do this offseason is also one of the most boring, and it deals with the engine of the machine. The actual Farm Director, scouts, instructors, all in an effort to become more player centric throughout the organization.
The list of players that happen to be too young to give up on is far too big. Now, let me define that just a bit, not all young players are in this category.
We’ve gone all season waiting for some of these guys to get healthy or perform closer to their norms to no avail.
Experimentation is part of evaluation. Pretty simple concept right? This is why you see weird lineup spots, players posting up in spots they’ve never played and I’m not even bringing young guys learning their craft into the conversation.
When you get to this point in a season slipping into hopelessness is all too easy. Things that looked promising start to look like land mines and part of you gets angry when that guy you want gone does something well.
The Pirates coming into tonight’s contest have played 47 games, and in that time they have managed to have a starter last six innings 4 times.
There probably isn’t a more important storyline to tonight’s ball game beyond Joe Musgrove returning to the mound.
It’s starting to feel like this will be a theme as we go through the season, journalists notice a player hasn’t been on the field, and inquire as to where he might be. Coaches answer with a vague confirmation that the player was indeed not there. That’s it, end of story.