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  1. In Topic: Pirates off season thread

    30 January 2017 - 10:29 AM

    Keller sits in the mid-90's and has hit 99, he also has an above average CB and improving CH. He throws strikes and misses bats. Last year he had a BABIP against of .284 so it wasn't fluky either. I don't think he's overvalued generally but who knows what another good year would do for him, probably make him untouchable.
  2. In Topic: Pirates off season thread

    28 January 2017 - 11:49 AM

    View PostJermaine Allensworth, on 28 January 2017 - 10:41 AM, said:

    This is what confuses me about Bell. He appears to be a smart, hard-working player that isn't out of shape like Pedro was, he's just got a big body. 1B is the easiest position on the field, how can an offseason of taking ground balls and low throws not be enough to get him to at least average defensively there?


    Reports were he dropped 25 lbs and took up yoga to improve flexibility. I'm sure that will help in some ways but we won't know anything until next month. If all else fails I'm sure he can always go back to the OF once they trade Cutch.
  3. In Topic: Pirates off season thread

    27 January 2017 - 07:35 PM

    View Postcoolpapacole, on 27 January 2017 - 05:59 PM, said:

    "But what about the HUMAN ELEMENT!?!?!"

    Seriously, I think we get enough of that with the players being human and all. I don't need people fucking up the rules to enjoy a sport.


    My only concern with the computer based strike zones is high breaking balls being called strikes because it's what PitchFX says if that makes any sense.
  4. In Topic: Pirates off season thread

    27 January 2017 - 12:58 PM

    View PostBadAndy79, on 27 January 2017 - 12:56 PM, said:

    Now that's funny right there I don't care who you are. That there is funny

    @El_Coffee

    Maybe @realDonaldTrump can sign an executive order to fix my strike zone 😒


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    #Pirates Gregory Polanco struck out looking 28 times in 2016...21 of which were on pitches outside of the strikezone.


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  5. In Topic: Pirates off season thread

    27 January 2017 - 11:21 AM

    16. Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 21 (4/4/96) | B/T: R/R
    Height: 6-3 | Weight: 195
    Top level: High-A | 2016: NR

    Keller had a miserable, injury-plagued 2015 season, walking 16 in 19 innings in short-season ball with a 5.49 ERA, so his 2016 breakout might be the most unexpected minor league performance of the year. He walked three more guys in 111 more innings and posted a 2.35 ERA on the season with 138 punchouts while pitching most of the year in Low-A until his final mic-drop start of the season for High-A Bradenton (6 innings, 0 runs, 7 strikeouts).

    The Pirates made a minor mechanical change to Keller in instructional league in 2015, and then he went home and got himself in The Best Shape of His Life™ before spring training, after which he started the year throwing 92-95 mph, which became 92-97 and eventually topped out at 99 in August. He has a plus breaking ball now and an average changeup he has only been throwing since he entered pro ball, and it’s 55 present command. He’s one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and, health permitting, his floor is becoming a No. 3 starter. But his ceiling is ace, which is well within reach.

    14. Josh Bell, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 24 (8/14/92) | B/T: B/R
    Height: 6-2 | Weight: 240
    Top level: MLB | 2016: 56

    Bell fell two at-bats short of losing his rookie status for 2017, which would have knocked him off the list, but just look at what he did in his big league time: hitting .273/.368/.406 with more walks than strikeouts after hitting a career-best 14 homers in about 80 percent of a season in Triple-A.

    Bell is a huge guy with the hitting approach of a smaller hitter. He goes the other way exceptionally well, working the count, but also unleashes some power -- there’s a ball in the Allegheny River right now that will testify to this -- when he gets a pitch to drive. Continuing to ambush pitches he can hit for power, especially when ahead in the count, will be key to reaching his ceiling as a .280/.400/.500 type of hitter. He should have 25 homers regularly but is more valuable for his ability to hit and get on base.

    Bell’s only real flaw now is his lack of a position; although better than he was a year ago, he’s not good at first base and still not MLB-ready there and will probably never be more than just adequate with the glove. But if you look at his 2016 performance at both levels and the physical tools -- including the raw power -- that Bell has had since high school, you can see the potential for a 4- or 5-win bat even without providing any help on defense.

    9. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Age: 22 (5/3/95) | B/T: L/L
    Height: 6-3 | Weight: 200
    Top level: Triple-A | 2016: 16

    Meadows is an outstanding athlete who continued to show real progress on both sides of the ball in 2016 -- wrapped around his usual love affair with the disabled list. (It doesn’t love you back, Austin.) He got out of the Florida State League and started to drive the ball more effectively, hitting more doubles, triples and homers than he did in 2015 despite playing 40 fewer games. He’s still a little ground ball-prone, and can roll the ball over to the second baseman too often, but not to the extent he showed the year before. He has both bat speed and strength to eventually hit 20-25 homers.

    Meadows has also shown a very advanced approach at the plate for his age and inexperience -- he has played only 307 games across three-plus seasons because of injuries -- even maintaining his high contact rate in his spotty Triple-A debut. He’s an above-average runner who’s outgrowing center field, but should be a plus defender in right when he’s finished filling out. He’s going to be an impact guy on offense and defense, a potential No. 2 hitter who shows power and gets on base while saving five or more runs a year in right field.


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