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!
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
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.
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...).
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.
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…