Originally Posted by X-Terminator
Of course they sent McCutchen down for financial reasons, because God forbid the Pirates' owners end up having shell out more than a couple of bucks to keep some talent around.
Really, there is absolutely NO reason why he should be starting at AAA, especially not behind Nyjer friggin Morgan. Maybe he'll be back when they finally realize that Morgan is nothing more than a bench player and occasional starter at best, and a career minor leaguer at worst.
Having said that, even I would be stupid to not acknowledge that the Bucs have some talent waiting in the wings. Lots of it. And most of them are either major-league ready now (A. McCutchen, Bixler) or are close (Walker, Pearce, Jones, Ford, Tabata, Alvarez, Daniel McCutchen, Lincoln). They drafted the top SS prospect last year along with Alvarez, and with another top 5 draft pick this year, they'll add even more talent. Even with the improved starting pitching, they won't win this season, but next season...look out. They are on the verge of finally turning things around.
whats another month or two? the pirates are very slow out of the gate, why put him through that? he will be up my late may and that way we still get an extra year before we have to offer him a contract. Kind of what the Rays did with Longoria and what Baltimore is doing with Matt Wietters.
i doubt Morgan starts the year as the starter, Craig Monroe will probably see the majority of the at-bats in left field until McCutchen. I dont see Bixler as a potential starter but more as a bench/platoon player. if the Pirates were smart they were sign Wilson to at least a one more year extention to give Brian Friday or Jordy Mercer another year or two. But we all know how cheap the pirates are and more than likely the Pirates will start next year with Bixler as the Shortstop and not add any1 at all.
at shortstop were u talking about jarek cunningham or jordy mercer? i know cunningham was one of the top high school shortstops but his stock dropped after an injury cut short his year. i know Mercer was one of the top college shortstop and played on team USA in one of the world championship tournaments (maybe even the olympics). id have to say one of the Beckman's (no relation) were the top two shortstops in the draft, even though Gordon Beckman is most likely switching to second.
i hope this year we go after Dustin Ackley from UNC. big time bat at first base, which we really lack in the system. im pretty sure we pick fourth so we will be there as the three teams before us are expected to go pitching first. if somehow Stephen Strasburg drops to us that would finally give us a bonafide top of the rotation prospect, but there is no way because everyone ahead of us could use a number 1