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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Pirates - Demoted Ty

Pittsburgh Pirates - Optioned 3B Ty Wigginton to Indianapolis; recalled C Ryan Doumit.

Very odd timing and this is in no doubt due to Wigginton’s very public (and reportedly, also in the clubhouse) ######## about his reduced role over the last few weeks.  It can’t be for his play; he got to keep his job when he played poorly after the Pirates acquired him, poorly this April, and only started to play well last month.  Wigginton did not take well to becoming Ward’s platoon partner at 1st, but how you can not play Freddy Sanchez, a better player who’s playing better than Ty, at 3rd?

The Pirates will likely use Doumit in the outfield.  Doumit’s another one of the 28 B- Pirate catching prospects and like the other 27, the Pirates really don’t care about his existence.

2005 ZiPS Projection - Ty Wigginton
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Period     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
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Actual ‘05 103 14   21   5 0   5 11   7 20   0 .204 .261 .398
Rest ‘05   316 40   79 20 1 10 42 31 50   1 .250 .323 .415
——————————————————————————————————
Total ‘05 419 54 100 25 1 15 53 38 70   1 .239 .308 .411

Dan Szymborski Posted: June 05, 2005 at 03:35 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ColonelTom Posted: June 05, 2005 at 08:55 AM (#1382437)
Doumit's another one of the 28 B- Pirate catching prospects and like the other 27, the Pirates really don't care about his existence.

Huh? Doumit's been murdering the ball this year in AAA (.345/.415/.630), and he's been one of the organization's top hitting prospects the last couple of years. According to MLB.com, McClendon's planning on using him both behind the plate and in the outfield, and as the DH when the Bucs play the Yankees and Red Sox in a week or so. Given the tear he's been on, I don't think he's being called up to sit. That said, this is the Pirates we're talking about, so it wouldn't shock me.
   2. Old Matt Posted: June 05, 2005 at 12:22 PM (#1382459)
Well, there goes any hope my awful HACKING MASS team has.
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: June 05, 2005 at 02:55 PM (#1382532)

Huh? Doumit's been murdering the ball this year in AAA (.345/.415/.630), and he's been one of the organization's top hitting prospects the last couple of years.


Yeah, but he's a weaker defender at catcher (though not Craig Wilson level) and this is the first time he's really killing the ball. He's been looking a lot like a 320/400 type of guy.
   4. s.zielinski Posted: June 05, 2005 at 03:59 PM (#1382576)
"Yeah, but he's a weaker defender at catcher (though not Craig Wilson level) and this is the first time he's really killing the ball. He's been looking a lot like a 320/400 type of guy."

It's also the one of the few years he's been healthy.
   5. Jimmy P Posted: June 05, 2005 at 04:55 PM (#1382633)
Doumit will get the same treatment Craig Wilson got for years. He's not experienced enough to know how to play yet
   6. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 05, 2005 at 04:57 PM (#1382636)
According to MLB.com, McClendon's planning on using him both behind the plate and in the outfield, and as the DH when the Bucs play the Yankees and Red Sox in a week or so.

He'll probably also be used at 1B against LHP on occasion. I don't think he was called up to sit, either.

-- MWE
   7. s.zielinski Posted: June 05, 2005 at 05:07 PM (#1382641)
'I don't think he was called up to sit, either.'

The Pirate FO seems to like Doumit so I expect him to play. He'll not get the Davis, Alvarez, Restovich, C. Wilson, etc. treatment. He seems akin to Jose Castillo moreso than to the other young players the Pirates jerked around since Littlefield came aboard.
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 06, 2005 at 04:36 AM (#1384127)
I wouldn't list Restovich with those guys. Restovich was a bit player for the Twins for the past three years, not a Pirates prospect.
   9. Greg Schuler Posted: June 06, 2005 at 01:29 PM (#1384485)
Wow, well luckily, the Pirates still have Matt Peterson and Jose Bautista to show for the Kris Benson trade. Whew.

This goes to prove - there is no quicker way out of town than to bad-mouth the front office or coaching staff in public.

Over/Under on when Ty gets traded or released? My guess is that he will traded this year, failing a catastrophic Sanchez injury.
   10. Gaylord Perry the Platypus (oi!) Posted: June 06, 2005 at 03:46 PM (#1384684)
Over/Under on when Ty gets traded or released? My guess is that he will traded this year, failing a catastrophic Sanchez injury.

I'd expect the Pirates to trade him for the first semi-reasonable offer they get. I just hope the Braves aren't dumb enough to go after him as "insurance" for Chipper's problems.
   11. s.zielinski Posted: June 06, 2005 at 05:06 PM (#1384863)
'I wouldn't list Restovich with those guys. Restovich was a bit player for the Twins for the past three years, not a Pirates prospect.'

There is a reason for including Restovich on this list. Since the Benson to Minnesota trade rumors of last summer, many Pirate fans pined for this guy. All he needed was a chance, they claimed, a chance the team is not giving him now that they have him. He’ll need to take the Craig Wilson road to success if he wants to make it with the Pirates.
   12. s.zielinski Posted: June 06, 2005 at 05:09 PM (#1384870)
’I'd expect the Pirates to trade him for the first semi-reasonable offer they get. I just hope the Braves aren't dumb enough to go after him as "insurance" for Chipper's problems.’

Hey, they can take Lawton and Fogg too — for someone nice!
   13. Mike Emeigh Posted: June 06, 2005 at 05:19 PM (#1384901)
Since the Benson to Minnesota trade rumors of last summer, many Pirate fans pined for this guy. All he needed was a chance, they claimed, a chance the team is not giving him now that they have him.

Restovich is filling exactly the role for which he was acquired, and for which he is probably best suited - a right-handed hitting platoon specialist.

-- MWE
   14. s.zielinski Posted: June 06, 2005 at 06:03 PM (#1384974)
’Restovich is filling exactly the role for which he was acquired, and for which he is probably best suited - a right-handed hitting platoon specialist.’

Well, I wasn’t one of the Pirate fans who believed Restovich a hidden gem who the Pirates just had to acquire. On the other hand, he is another young player the organization is pigeon-holing and thus limiting.
   15. WTM Posted: June 06, 2005 at 06:13 PM (#1384993)
Over/Under on when Ty gets traded or released?

Why do I have this fear that the Pirates will keep him in the minors long enough to ensure that he has no market value (should take a couple hours), then try to sign him to a cheap contract before the deadline for offering arbitration?
   16. s.zielinski Posted: June 06, 2005 at 06:39 PM (#1385031)
’Why do I have this fear that the Pirates will keep him in the minors long enough to ensure that he has no market value (should take a couple hours), then try to sign him to a cheap contract before the deadline for offering arbitration?’

I’d bet Ty wants out of Pittsburgh. So, it might not matter what the Pirate Front Office plans to do with him besides offering arbitration or handing him the starting job at 3B. I’m sure he like either of the latter two options.

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