RAmst23 wrote:I know a little off topic, but what do the Pirates need to do to get back to respectable? What kind of minor league system do they have? That team needs both hitting and pitching pretty badly..
Well, we have been stockpiling arms in the draft for several years now. We are finally seeing some of the "benefits" with Duke and Maholm. We also have several other good prospects like Bullington, Gorzellany, and Sean Burnett (who was up in the majors until he got hurt). Yeah, Redman and Fogg are garbage, but these other guys have some promise.
Hitting...that's a different story. We really don't have much past what we just brought up (Doumit, Duffy, McLouth, Eldred). We don't have any good 3B prospects in the entire system. Another possible hitter we have is Ronnie Paulino...but he's a catcher like Doumit. Our first round pick this year, Neil Walker, is ALSO a catcher. It really doesn't make much sense.
So anyway, respectable for us at this point is a .500 season...sad, but true. The pitching has promise, but we still have little to nothing in the way of hitting. At some point, we will have to trade away some of these arms for a bat, but Dave Littlefield does not appear to be a great dealer of players. Trying to get ML ready talent for prospects is tough enough, but with the Pirates it seems impossible. I don't mind trading for hitters, but this crap with the retread old hitters has to stop. We need young hitters; but, in order to get them, the Pirates must be willing to trade some arms.