Gideon Clarke, on 17 June 2015 - 05:57 PM, said:
Regarding the Brock Holt trade, I think there are signs that the Pirates suck at scouting their own minor-league players. The Pirates have a second baseman now who has been a key cog in a competitive team for the past three year, who was expected to be the same this year. It's also expected that at some point in the near future, their second baseman will price himself out of Bob Nutting's pathetic budget. So we know that the team needs to develop a second baseman.
In that time, the Pirates have had three second base prospects of note, and have traded away two of them. They kept the one who was most highly-regarded nationally. As it is turning out, he is also likely to be the worst of the three at the major league level. In other words, Huntington's internal scouting is comparable to the national media's minor-league scouting, and he's worse at scouting his own prospects than other teams are at scouting his prospects.
That ain't a good thing.
The Pirates traded Brock Holt in December of 2012, at which time they had Neil Walker (who was and probably still is a superior player) under control for another FOUR years. Hell, until 2012, Holt wasn't even a top 20 prospect in the system. If one wants to criticize the Pirates for preferring Hanson to Herrera, so be it, but that also suggests that they could have gotten Byrd for Hanson, something we don't know. The idea that this was some sort of scouting failing is beyond a reach. Oh, and they also got a guy who's been one of the best relief pitchers in baseball the last 2 1/2 years as part of the deal.
The Pirates are 219-169 since the start of the 2013 season despite being in the bottom 5 of payroll all 3 seasons, yet people continue to act like Huntington is a clown. He certainly can be criticized for some things, but bashing him for trading Brock Holt FOUR YEARS before Neil Walker was set to be a free agent and when Holt was a non-prospect isn't one of them.