Brown slugged .357 and had an OPS of ,732 this Spring for the Pirates

Pirates Cut Marte, Burres, Brown and Wimberly

Despite a hot 2011 Spring Training, Andy Marte was reassigned by the Pirates.

One of the biggest bats of the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training was reassigned this morning.  Colin Dunlapreported that Andy Marte was sent to minor league camp.  Joining Marte will be Brian Burres, Dusty Brown and Corey Wimberly.

Wimberly simply didn’t get it done in camp. He is a slap hitter as you can see in the (awful) video we took below. He relies on his above average speed to wreak havoc on the basepaths. The trouble we saw was the guy couldn’t steal first. He had difficulty in the field as well, but with some work Wimberly could help the ballclub late in the season. One thing he does possess is a relentless work ethic (to go with great stirrups.)

Marte slugged at a .545 clip for the Bucs and had an OPS of .993, but it wasn’t enough to crack the 25-man roster.  His defense could use some work, thus we can see why the Pirates would send him down.   It will be nice to see if he can keep the bat hot after the demotion, and work on improving his fielding.

The pedigree is definently there with Marte, the ability to prove that the once top prospect billings Marte received have yet to be transformed into Major League succeess. It’s about time it happens and we can think of no better team to do for than the battlin’ Bucs.

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Being the star of the RumBunter photo caption contest was not enough for Dusty Brown.  The catcher showed some skills in camp and should serve as a backup in Indy.

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  • cocktailsfor2


    Wimboslice won’t ever, in my opinion, be a starter in MLB. That said, he can be a useful tool on someone’s bench, but the proliferation / current trend of carrying 13 pitchers on a roster ends up hurting guys like him.

    (p.s., it’s “wreak” havoc.)

    Brown is no surprise – there was virtually no chance of him making the 25-man, even if the Bucs do ::shudder:: carry 3 catchers (which I’m being forced to truly contemplate – Snyder is out again today. Gah.). JJ has the leg up on ol’ Dusty by virtue of familiarity, even if he did hit for shit last year.

    Marte – This one’s a little more on the “too close to call” side of things, IMO. I thought for sure the Pearce’s remaining option destined him for Indy, but I’m also very glad he’s getting his chance, even if it is at the expense of Marte, who would be, at best, a reclamation project that we could flip at or around deadline time for someone with a little value. I also realize the preceding sentence was wildly run-on, however I also think it had a coherence that made it readable.

    Marte’s demotion certainly makes the final spot between JJ / Rodriguez (I refuse to call him “JRod – it’s so lazy) /Bowker – alas, with Snyder being hurt AGAIN, it may mean we lose Bowker, and that’s something I think would be a mistake.