Re: My Pirate Pre-Season Analysis
Starter - Ryan Doumit
Backup - Humberto Cota/Ronny Paulino
While we have some good potential here will it show itself in 06?? Doumit will probably come out of spring training as the starter but will split time with Cota. Doumit has better pop in his bat than Cota but still isnt great. Look for him to improve but dont expect Kendall numbers out of him. Doumit hit .255 with 6 dingers and 35 RBI while Cota hit .242 with 7 dingers and 43 RBI in just over 60 AB more than Doumit. Cota definatley has an edge over Doumit in defense however, .992 FP .227 CS vs Doumit's .975 FP and .400 CS. I would expect that is possible you see them alternate according to who's pitching and if we play a team that likes to run alot (Doumit has the better arm). Paulino is the odd man out and will start the year in AAA where if he isnt carefull could be passed up by hometown boy Neil Walker.
My Grade - C-