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MVP JayHay

Posted: 08/29/2014 7:53 PM

MVP JayHay 


What a game tonight. JH three great defensive plays. JH three hits. A man who given an oppurtunity just runs with it. Where would the Bucs be without him ? The nay sayers are finally silent. About time. A joy to watch every day. Hustles like Pete Rose. Filled in for Marte.McCutcheon.Alvarez. Mercer. Walker and I think I saw him dragging the infield. GREAT defense hits for power, fast, great instincts, what else is there? The surprise of the year and definitely the most valuable Pirate. I can not think of anybody else in the N L as valuable to his team. A true MVP.
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Posted: 08/30/2014 3:06 AM

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He has been unbelievable, no question about it.
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Posted: 08/30/2014 6:32 AM

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This kid is simply amazing. I keep thinking that he will start to play like his has for his career up to this point, and he actually plays better. He is the team MVP this season.
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Posted: 08/30/2014 11:35 AM

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vinnybravo wrote: This kid is simply amazing. I keep thinking that he will start to play like his has for his career up to this point, and he actually plays better. He is the team MVP this season.

I have really enjoyed watching Harrison's 1970s - throwback style of play this season. He reminds me a great deal of a lot of guys from that era: a high average, line drive hitter who sprays hits to all fields, is fast enough to steal a few bases even if he is not a true speed merchant, has just enough home run power to be respectable, and who plays good enough defense at several positions (though he is really only legitimately a 3B or 2B, I think). I still don't know if he is really, TRULY "this" good, but it will be fun to find out going forward. If he is, so much the better for him and for us.
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Posted: 08/30/2014 12:26 PM

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Does anybody see a little Lee Lacy in JayHay? Back in the day, Lacy also played second base and the OF spots. He did not fully bloom into a full-time player, though, until late into his career. Must say, though, I never saw this coming from JayHay. He frustrated me for years with his mistakes on the base paths and Manny Sanquillen-style of hitting.
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Posted: 08/30/2014 1:00 PM

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Nothing major has really changed with Harrison except he has some more power which generally happens as a player gets older.

His walk rate is the same as it's always been. He's not a very smart baseball player on the bases. He's made a lot of bad base running mistakes this year. You can live with that though and just hope it isn't going to happen at a crucial time.

His defense at third and second is excellent. He has a strong arm and is a good reactionary fielder. He doesn't have a lot of range on the infield so he needs to stay away from short as his footwork is terrible there. However at third or second he's a plus defender which is fine.

He might have some regression next year but he should still be more than fine as everyday player and should be a 3-4 WAR player for the next few years.

He reminds me of a more athletic Bill Mueller. Doesn't have his OBP skills but has a lot more speed on the bases and is a stronger defender. I think his power is about the highest as it will go but he should still be able to hit 35-40 doubles, 5-10 triples a year and 12-15 homers over a full season. It would be nice to add some more OBP to his skill set because if his average falls to the .280 mark it's going to be a below average OBP but he offers enough that he's going to be a benefit as an everyday player regardless.
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Posted: 09/03/2014 11:42 AM

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katoy2j wrote: Nothing major has really changed with Harrison except he has some more power which generally happens as a player gets older.

His walk rate is the same as it's always been. He's not a very smart baseball player on the bases. He's made a lot of bad base running mistakes this year. You can live with that though and just hope it isn't going to happen at a crucial time.

His defense at third and second is excellent. He has a strong arm and is a good reactionary fielder. He doesn't have a lot of range on the infield so he needs to stay away from short as his footwork is terrible there. However at third or second he's a plus defender which is fine.

He might have some regression next year but he should still be more than fine as everyday player and should be a 3-4 WAR player for the next few years.

He reminds me of a more athletic Bill Mueller. Doesn't have his OBP skills but has a lot more speed on the bases and is a stronger defender. I think his power is about the highest as it will go but he should still be able to hit 35-40 doubles, 5-10 triples a year and 12-15 homers over a full season. It would be nice to add some more OBP to his skill set because if his average falls to the .280 mark it's going to be a below average OBP but he offers enough that he's going to be a benefit as an everyday player regardless.

Interesting to contrast katoy's SABR take on Harrison with junior's baseball historian's perspective.  I agree with both, actually.  Harrison's hitting and playing style does remind me of Lacy, though Lacy was a rangier guy who was also faster on the basepaths, and of course Lacy was primarily an outfielder who dabbled for awhile with playing the infield, where Harrison is an infielder who has dabbled in the outfield.  But both are more late bloomers than early successes, yes.   Lacy had a pretty respectable career for a guy who didn't get established as a starter until he was pushing 30.  Harrison's breakout has come a couple of years earlier than Lacy's did, so hopefully he can keep it up and have a longer, higher peak than Lacy did.  We'll see.  Harrison will have to do it again next year for me to be fully on board, but he has been fun to watch this season, that is for sure.

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Posted: 09/04/2014 7:19 AM

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Yahoo Sports article from today discussing Hurdle's decision to make Harrison a more-or-less regular player:


http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hurdle-makes-important-decision-josh-114755770.html


Note the additional articles about the Pirates at the bottom of the page.  Definitely some...interesting...roster maneuvering going on around the fringes of the 40 man.

Last edited 09/04/2014 7:21 AM by williamjpellas

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