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Tabata, Lincoln debut for the Pirates

Jun 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

brad lincoln and jose tabata pirates.JPGThe Pirates had a front row seat to the debut of the Nationals savior on Tuesday, but last night it was Pittsburgh’s turn, with Brad Lincoln and Jose Tabata taking their opening bows.

Lincoln had much promise when he was drafted, but one Tommy John surgery and a few years later he’s a 25 year-old rookie who doesn’t project to be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. Not that being a middle-of-the-rotation guy is not valuable, of course. You gotta have those types of guys too, so he could definitely be a key part of the next good Pirates team.  As for his performance: He have up five earned runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out three and walking two. Meh, sure, but as we noted all over the place yesterday, baseball history is rotten with good pitchers who had less-than-stellar debuts.

As Aaron mentioned yesterday, Tabata has suffered a similar decline in his stock, but at age 21 he still has a lot of time to become a major contributor. His night was better: he went 2 for 4 out of the leadoff spot with two singles, a walk and a stolen base. Only downer: he had to leave the game in the eighth when his hammy started to cramp up.

The next big glimpse into the Pirates future: Pedro Alvarez.  He’s raking down at Indianapolis — he had three hits and two RBIs yesterday and leads the team with 12 homers and 50 RBIs — and I would expect that the Pirates will call him up sometime soon.

It may not feel like it sometimes, but there’s hope in Pittsburgh.

  1. Joey B - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    It’s hard to believe that people were complaining about them cleaning house. I think they got underpaid for Bay and LaRouche, but there was really no reason to make a half-hearted effort at maintaining a 67-win horizon.
    Think about it-in the mid-year salary dump, they got rid of Wilson, Morgan, Sanchez and McLouth. Is anyone in PT really going to miss any of those players?

  2. JCD - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    Didn’t they find out that Tabata i a few years older than they thought?

  3. @TheRealDavidK - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Lincoln was far from electric, but bad defense really cost him. His earned run count should have been at least two fewer.
    There were rumors of Tabata being older, but nothing substantiated. Probably spread by bitter Yankee fans.

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