Who Are the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates? Roster Breakdown

Jim SimmonsContributor IApril 5, 2009

At this point, I want to take a look at the 25 man roster.

Position by Position break down and what I expect from each of them.

So lets roll! 

Catcher

Ryan Doumit Will hit for average, and increase his power numbers this year. Needs to stay healthy

Jason Jaramillo -An excellent defensive catcher, might hit a little.  Should get 150- 200 AB’s spelling Doumit

Infielders

Adam LaRoche -He’ll start better than past seasons, and be traded away before the All Star break.

Andy LaRoche -Should hit with a little power, He wont have a breakout season, but will be good enough to keep the job

Freddy Sanchez -He’s baaack! Freddie is healthy and will return to form as a hitting machine.

Ramon Vazquez - fills in nicely in the filed on days off for the starter, hits a little.

Jack Wilson - Jack is the heart and soul of this team. Expect Jack to continue his defensive wizardry. Hit bat will stay active and help keep the Pirates in games.

Outfielders

Eric Hinske -Finds plenty of playing time on this team. Gets plenty of AB’s. might end up leading this team in HR’s and RBI.

Nate McLouth -National League pitchers catch up with Nate a little bit. McLouth continues to be a solid defender, but his offensive production slips.

Craig Monroe -Monroe gets his ABS on this team as well. He’ll put up some power numbers, but wont keep his average up enough to get solid playing time.

Nyjer Morgan -Probably loses playing time because of his offensive production. Solid with the glove, but not enough pop to keep Hinske and Monro off the pine.

Brandon Moss -Brandon has his break through season for the Pirates, makes the All Star team (someone has to go...).

Starters

Paul Maholm -Billed by the Pirates as the No. 1 starter. Isn't a true No. 1, but a decent No. 2 and a great No. 3. Will have a good season.

Ian Snell -His k/bb ratio has been headed the wrong direction, Kerrigan helps Ian return to form. Expect more wins than losses and an ERA around 4.50

Zach Duke -Speaking of returning to form, Duke finally has his mechanics back, and the Pirates will get rewarded with 15 wins from the crafty lefty.

Ross Ohlendorf -Ross will be a good No. 3 starter at some pint in his career. Not this season. Look for Ross to struggle.

Jeff Karstens- Karstens isn't going to stay in the rotation long. The Righty ends up in the Bull Pen in middle relief and excells.

Relievers

Sean Burnett -has found a home as a situational reliever.

Matt Capps -Solid reliever, gets more save opps this season and shows that hes the closer everyone wants him to be.

Jesse Chavez -Jessie is a filler until Meek gets stretched out and fills this spot. (Meek fills a huge hole in the pen)

John Grabow -Grabow has another quality season, and gets shipped off at the All Star break.

Craig Hansen- Good stuff, has a decent season. Looks good for the future.

Donald Veal -Huge (rule V) pick up. Keeps the ball in the park and the Bucs in the game!

Tyler Yates -replaces the pitching machine for batting practice, Keeps the opposition in the game…

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