Depending on your narrative you can take the paint that is Spring Training games and create just about whatever picture you want to. So how can you tell the difference between real player progress and taking advantage of players working on something?
Actual baseball, well sorta, is being played now and man did it feel good listening yesterday. It was also good to hear the genuine crack off the bat of Ke’Bryan Hayes. Man that kid makes a sound we haven’t heard in Pittsburgh since Josh Bell’s one month of dominance.
In baseball once you’ve decided to embark on an aggressive and focused build based on young, high upside talent, you know you’re in for a long haul.
It’s quickly becoming baseball’s equivalent to hating the goalie, blaming the Offensive Coordinator or wondering why a strong safety doesn’t make more interceptions.
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.