Re: My Pirate Pre-Season Analysis
Starter - Jack Wilson
Backup - Freddy Sanchez
Jack really regressed last season batting only .257 after having his best offensive season of his career in 04 hitting .308. The main reason I can site for this dramatic drop off was his emergency appendectomy. I dont think Jack will get back over .300 again in his career but I would expect some where between 04 and 05, something like .275 or so. Just like Castillo at second though Jack isn't here for his offensive production. He is one of the best defensive SS in the league. He sported a .982 fielding percentage! He also contributed to 126 double plays. Along with Castillo this is one of the top 5 defensive middle infields in the game. They just suck everything up and turn some of the prettiest double plays you will ever see. And we will need their defense because as usual this year the Pirates will once again struggle offensively.
My Grade - B