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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
352 .269 4 42 28 11 .264 1.0
Birth Date8-12-1988
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age26 years, 2 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.12010
0.72011
0.22012
1.12013
0.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 PIT 21 102 441 405 61 121 21 4 4 162 28 57 2 1 5 35 19 7 .299 .346 .400 .274 15.6 4.4 2.1
2011 PIT 22 91 382 334 53 89 18 1 4 121 40 61 4 3 1 21 16 7 .266 .349 .362 .254 7.4 -0.4 0.7
2012 PIT 23 103 374 333 43 81 20 3 3 116 29 58 6 0 6 16 8 12 .243 .315 .348 .246 0.5 1.8 0.2
2013 PIT 24 106 341 308 35 87 17 5 6 132 23 45 5 0 5 33 3 1 .282 .342 .429 .279 12.8 -3.1 1.1
2014 PIT 25 80 186 174 14 49 5 2 0 58 7 26 2 2 1 17 1 2 .282 .314 .333 .228 -2.9 -1.3 -0.5
Career48217241554206427811517589127247196181224729.275.336.379.25933.51.43.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 YAN Rk 0 173 .300 .261 .328 .380 .254 .331 106 8.1 5.6 -1.4 -2.2 -0.5 10.7 0.8 10.7 0.8
2006 CSC A 86 363 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .363 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TAM A+ 103 456 .268 .259 .332 .377 .254 .359 100 4.2 13.9 -5.8 -7.1 0.1 13.4 0.6 13.4 0.6
2008 ALT AA 22 97 .331 .275 .350 .417 .268 .412 102 7.7 2.9 0.3 -0.8 1.3 11.9 1.1 11.9 1.1
2008 TRN AA 79 332 .236 .271 .344 .413 .263 .288 95 -8.7 9.7 -3.9 -2.0 2.0 -1.8 -0.4 -1.8 -0.4
2008 PIR Rk 4 13 .568 .247 .328 .326 .258 .333 99 4.7 0.4 -0.2 0.2 -0.4 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2009 ALT AA 61 254 .286 .263 .329 .399 .266 .333 99 7 7.1 -1.6 0.3 -0.6 11.5 1.2 11.5 1.2
2009 IND AAA 32 148 .257 .267 .329 .397 .245 .298 109 -0.4 4.3 -0.6 -1.5 0.7 3.6 0.2 3.6 0.2
2010 PIT MLB 102 441 .274 .260 .324 .407 .267 .339 94 6.2 12.2 -2.5 4.4 3.5 15.6 2.1 15.6 2.1
2010 IND AAA 53 252 .281 .265 .333 .415 .256 .355 103 5.9 7.7 0 0.4 2.6 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
2011 PIT MLB 91 382 .254 .261 .322 .412 .265 .312 98 -2.1 10.3 -2.6 -0.4 3.0 7.4 0.7 7.4 0.7
2011 BRD A+ 4 11 .221 .269 .325 .404 .253 .200 113 -0.5 0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2011 IND AAA 9 38 .314 .263 .328 .416 .257 .379 99 2.4 1.2 -0.5 -0.1 -0.6 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2012 PIT MLB 103 374 .246 .254 .314 .401 .258 .287 95 -5.2 10.2 -3.2 1.8 -0.2 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.2
2012 IND AAA 41 173 .248 .256 .324 .387 .247 .338 100 -2.3 5.1 -0.3 1.2 0.5 5.5 0.7 5.5 0.7
2013 PIT MLB 106 341 .279 .254 .313 .391 .256 .315 98 6.2 9.0 -2.5 -3.1 0.9 12.8 1.1 12.8 1.1
2013 IND AAA 9 32 .180 .261 .332 .395 .258 .238 100 -2.8 0.9 -0.3 -0.0 0.2 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2014 PIT MLB 80 186 .228 .248 .310 .387 .261 .327 98 -5.6 4.8 -1.3 -1.3 0.4 -2.9 -0.5 -2.9 -0.5
2014 IND AAA 39 163 .244 .261 .326 .386 .245 .304 104 -3 4.9 -1.9 -0.1 -0.1 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 YAN Rk 173 30 49 5 1 3 25 15 14 22 6 .314 .382 .417 .103 .300 10.7 -2.2 0.8
2006 CSC A 363 50 95 22 1 5 51 30 66 15 5 .298 .380 .420 .122 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TAM A+ 456 56 126 16 2 5 54 33 70 15 7 .307 .371 .392 .085 .268 13.4 -7.1 0.6
2008 TRN AA 332 40 73 9 0 3 36 26 49 10 2 .248 .323 .310 .061 .236 -1.8 -2.0 -0.4
2008 ALT AA 97 16 31 6 2 3 13 8 18 8 0 .348 .402 .562 .213 .331 11.9 -0.8 1.1
2008 PIR Rk 13 4 5 1 0 2 7 2 0 0 0 .455 .538 1.091 .636 .568 4.4 0.2 0.4
2009 ALT AA 254 31 69 15 1 2 25 20 25 7 6 .303 .372 .404 .101 .286 11.5 0.3 1.2
2009 IND AAA 148 21 37 7 1 3 10 10 18 4 2 .276 .333 .410 .134 .257 3.6 -1.5 0.2
2010 PIT MLB 441 61 121 21 4 4 35 28 57 19 7 .299 .346 .400 .101 .274 15.6 4.4 2.1
2010 IND AAA 252 42 69 13 2 3 19 23 35 25 6 .308 .378 .424 .116 .281 15.2 0.4 1.5
2011 PIT MLB 382 53 89 18 1 4 21 40 61 16 7 .266 .349 .362 .096 .254 7.4 -0.4 0.7
2011 IND AAA 38 6 11 6 0 0 2 5 4 0 2 .333 .421 .515 .182 .314 2.1 -0.1 0.2
2011 BRD A+ 11 1 1 1 0 0 1 3 3 0 0 .125 .364 .250 .125 .221 -0.4 0.0 -0.0
2012 IND AAA 173 21 47 9 0 0 15 10 20 5 2 .297 .353 .354 .057 .248 5.5 1.2 0.7
2012 PIT MLB 374 43 81 20 3 3 16 29 58 8 12 .243 .315 .348 .105 .246 0.5 1.8 0.2
2013 IND AAA 32 1 5 1 0 0 0 3 7 1 0 .179 .281 .214 .036 .180 -1.8 -0.0 -0.2
2013 PIT MLB 341 35 87 17 5 6 33 23 45 3 1 .282 .342 .429 .146 .279 12.8 -3.1 1.1
2014 IND AAA 163 18 41 10 0 0 12 10 14 1 2 .281 .337 .349 .068 .244 0.6 -0.1 0.1
2014 PIT MLB 186 14 49 5 2 0 17 7 26 1 2 .282 .314 .333 .052 .228 -2.9 -1.3 -0.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 1595 0.5392 0.4837 0.8288 0.6477 0.2912 0.9013 0.6402 0.1712
2011 1485 0.5259 0.4202 0.8446 0.5967 0.2244 0.9056 0.6646 0.1538
2012 1379 0.5033 0.4666 0.8196 0.6427 0.2876 0.8879 0.6650 0.1788
2013 1269 0.5099 0.4550 0.8302 0.6445 0.2572 0.9113 0.6188 0.1698
2014 655 0.5038 0.4946 0.8359 0.6848 0.2985 0.9336 0.6082 0.1641
Career63830.51890.46060.83150.63790.26890.90470.64370.1678

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-19 2014-05-20 DTD 1 0 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2014-04-17 2014-04-17 DTD 0 0 - Head Concussion Running Into Wall - -
2013-08-21 2013-08-22 DTD 1 1 Left Knee Tendonitis - -
2013-08-12 2013-08-14 DTD 2 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-07-25 2013-07-25 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2013-05-25 2013-07-03 15-DL 39 34 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-05-02 2013-05-08 DTD 6 4 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-09-05 2012-09-10 DTD 5 4 Left Foot Contusion - -
2012-08-25 2012-08-25 DTD 0 0 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-06-11 2012-06-12 DTD 1 0 - Hand Contusion HBP - -
2012-05-28 2012-05-28 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Cramp - -
2011-09-06 2011-09-29 DTD 23 21 Left Hand Fracture Avulsion Fraction 4th Metacarpal - -
2011-08-30 2011-08-31 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2011-06-27 2011-08-16 15-DL 50 43 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2011-06-19 2011-06-20 DTD 1 1 Left Thumb Soreness -
2011-05-01 2011-05-06 DTD 5 4 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2010-09-24 2010-09-24 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2010-06-09 2010-06-09 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2009-06-11 2009-06-16 Minors 5 0 Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2009-04-29 2009-06-10 Minors 42 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-01 2009-03-09 Camp 8 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2008-07-02 2008-07-26 Minors 24 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-07-10 2007-09-07 Minors 59 0 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2007-08-18
2006-08-06 2006-09-04 Minors 29 0 Left Thumb Soreness - -
2006-07-19 2006-08-04 Minors 16 0 Left Thumb Soreness - -
2006-05-18 2006-05-25 Minors 7 0 Left Thumb Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 PIT $250,000
2016 PIT $4,666,667
2015 PIT $4,166,667
2014 PIT $3,166,667
2013 PIT $1,166,667
2012 PIT $916,667
2011 PIT $666,667
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,750,001
2011Current$3,166,667
4 yrPvs + Cur$5,916,668
3 yrFuture$9,083,334
7 yrTotal$15,000,002

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 81 d6 years/$15M (2011-16), 2017-19 options

Details
  • 6 years/$15M (2011-16), plus 2017-19 club options. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 8/21/11, replacing 1 year/$0.428M deal signed 3/11. $1M signing bonus. 11:$0.5M, 12:$0.75M, 13:$1M, 14:$3M, 15:$4M, 16:$4.5M, 17:$6.5M club option, 18:$7.5M club option, 19:$8.5M club option ($0.25M buyout for any of the three options). Sent outright to Triple-A by Pittsburgh 6/24/14. Contract selected by Pittsburgh 8/25/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Pittsburgh 10/3/14.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/20/08.
  • 1 year (2008). Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from NY Yankees 7/25/08.
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2005 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela. $0.55M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 662 86 180 34 4 8 58 55 94 22 12 .306 .370 .421 .296 36.8 RF -9 3.0
80o 643 81 169 32 4 8 55 52 93 21 11 .293 .355 .402 .284 28.5 RF -9 2.2
70o 630 78 160 31 4 7 52 49 93 20 11 .283 .344 .389 .276 22.8 RF -8 1.6
60o 619 75 153 29 4 7 50 47 93 19 10 .275 .335 .378 .268 18.2 RF -8 1.1
50o 608 72 146 28 3 7 48 45 92 18 10 .267 .327 .367 .262 13.9 RF -8 0.6
40o 597 69 140 27 3 6 46 43 92 17 9 .260 .318 .357 .255 9.8 RF -8 0.2
30o 586 67 134 26 3 6 44 41 91 17 9 .252 .309 .345 .248 5.6 RF -8 -0.2
20o 573 63 126 24 3 6 42 39 90 16 8 .243 .299 .333 .239 0.8 RF -8 -0.7
10o 554 59 116 22 3 5 38 36 89 14 8 .230 .284 .315 .227 -5.4 RF -7 -1.4
Weighted Mean6117314828374846921810.270.329.370.26415.1RF -80.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 52% 6% 11% 96%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201526320347515242924469.258.322.362.2560.711.10.9-2.114.9-2.6-4.2
20162749254116243848387614.262.325.380.2641.015.41.3-3.414.92.6-6.5
20172861466144322756489417.260.323.364.2580.311.01.5-4.414.9-1.1-8.1
201829347367717143126548.249.309.353.2490.26.40.8-2.614.9-6.8-4.6
20193062167142293857519315.254.322.358.254-0.08.11.2-4.714.9-3.3-8.2
20203161967142292856499714.256.321.357.251-0.26.01.1-4.914.9-5.1-8.2
202132634681442928575110213.253.320.351.251-0.45.11.0-5.214.9-5.6-8.4
202233631681433029585110611.251.318.357.250-0.44.91.0-5.314.9-5.7-8.4
20233461266135263855511039.245.315.346.245-0.71.60.9-5.314.9-8.9-8.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
40.941.266.438.719.722.2207

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 71)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 78 Matt Murton 2007 .272
2 78 Ryan Sweeney 2010 .256
3 77 Jacoby Ellsbury 2009 .260
4 77 Lastings Milledge 2010 .264
5 76 Bill Sample 1980 .266
6 76 Kurt Suzuki 2009 .258
7 75 Ben Revere 2013 .250
8 75 Gerardo Parra 2012 .260
9 75 Denard Span 2009 .280
10 75 Melky Cabrera 2010 .249
11 75 Travis Buck 2009 .228
12 74 Tony Gwynn 1985 .283
13 74 Everth Cabrera 2012 .248
14 74 Terry Puhl 1982 .268
15 74 Asdrubal Cabrera 2011 .283
16 73 Bill Madlock 1976 .313
17 73 Jose Reyes 2008 .294
18 73 Roy White 1969 .318
19 72 Conor Jackson 2007 .283
20 72 Dexter Fowler 2011 .280
21 72 Carl Crawford 2007 .282
22 72 Michael Brantley 2012 .271
23 72 Dioner Navarro 2009 .203
24 72 Tim Raines 1985 .319
25 72 Blake DeWitt 2011 .255
26 72 Jose Lopez 2009 .260
27 72 Dustin Ackley 2013 .251
28 71 Yunel Escobar 2008 .268
29 71 Lee Mazzilli 1980 .292
30 71 Tom Tresh 1964 .281
31 71 Rickey Henderson 1984 .315
32 71 Gordon Beckham 2012 .242
33 71 Gregor Blanco 2009 .209
34 71 Francisco Cervelli 2011 .258
35 71 Greg Gross 1978 .248
36 71 Wally Joyner 1987 .306
37 71 Dustin Pedroia 2009 .274
38 71 B.J. Upton 2010 .257
39 71 George Brett 1978 .293
40 71 Paul Molitor 1982 .306
41 71 Martin Prado 2009 .284
42 71 Rich Rollins 1963 .295
43 70 Shannon Stewart 1999 .265
44 70 Aaron Hill 2007 .277
45 70 Carlos May 1973 .275
46 69 Carlos Quentin 2008 .321
47 69 Matt Lawton 1997 .275
48 69 Chris Stynes 1998 .232
49 69 Steve Hovley 1970 .226
50 69 Casey Kotchman 2008 .254
51 69 Dan Driessen 1977 .285
52 69 Oscar Gamble 1975 .289
53 69 Nick Markakis 2009 .272
54 69 Ian Kinsler 2007 .271
55 69 Don Baylor 1974 .283
56 69 Dave Magadan 1988 .300
57 69 Dion James 1988 .261
58 69 Gene Richards 1979 .271
59 69 Jeff Francoeur 2009 .254
60 69 Len Dykstra 1988 .278
61 68 Alexi Casilla 2010 .246
62 68 Chris Coghlan 2010 .274
63 68 Luis Valbuena 2011 .183
64 68 Carlos Gomez 2011 .246
65 68 Todd Helton 1999 .282
66 68 Todd Benzinger 1988 .253
67 68 Austin Jackson 2012 .302
68 68 Howie Kendrick 2009 .272
69 68 Stephen Drew 2008 .287
70 68 Alcides Escobar 2012 .252
71 68 Gary Matthews 1976 .299
72 68 Russell Martin 2008 .281
73 68 Mike Hargrove 1975 .299
74 68 Al Kaline 1960 .282
75 68 Julio Borbon 2011 .245
76 68 Ellis Burks 1990 .288
77 68 Bruce Bochte 1976 .257
78 68 Vladimir Guerrero 2000 .339
79 68 James Loney 2009 .277
80 68 Logan Morrison 2013 .262
81 68 Gary Sheffield 1994 .307
82 68 Wilson Ramos 2013 .268
83 68 J.J. Hardy 2008 .280
84 68 Hank Aaron 1959 .378
85 68 Adam Jones 2011 .279
86 68 Felix Pie 2010 .240
87 68 Franklin Gutierrez 2008 .242
88 67 Tony Tarasco 1996 .220
89 67 Alex Ochoa 1997 .231
90 67 Troy Tulowitzki 2010 .319
91 67 Ryan Kalish 2013 .000 DNP
92 67 Andre Ethier 2007 .272
93 67 Curt Blefary 1969 .275
94 67 Keith Mitchell 1995 .000 DNP
95 67 Charlie Blackmon 2012 .236
96 67 Rocco Baldelli 2007 .219
97 67 Andrew McCutchen 2012 .338
98 67 Jason Kendall 1999 .326
99 67 Tommy Davis 1964 .276
100 67 Billy Butler 2011 .279

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .253 .311 .428 .259
11 vs R (Multi) .276 .343 .385 .263
18 Split (Multi) .023 .032 -.043 .004
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .250 .271 .471 .257
31 vs R (2013) .292 .361 .417 .281
38 Split (2013) .042 .089 -.054 .024
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 When the Pirates signed Tabata to a team-friendly extension, it seemed like a smart move. With a history of decent play and the potential to improve, the young outfielder appeared to be the kind of player you roll the dice on. But he missed September 2011 with a fractured hand, and he never got on track in 2012, struggling to make hard contact in both Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. The Pirates hope it’s just a hiccup because Tabata is due $12.5 million through the 2016 season.
2012 Age- and injury-related questions continued to linger as the Pirates threw caution to the wind by re-signing Tabata to a six-year extension worth $15 million with three club options. Superstar aspirations are just a rumor now for this classic outfield tweener, but if Tabata is his listed age, then some added power as he matures is a possibility. Tabata's improved grasp of the strike zone is an encouraging sign, as the added walks should help to buoy an on-base percentage otherwise driven by batting average.
2011 Tabata is not the player the Pirates thought they were getting out of Double-A from the Yankees at the 2008 trading deadline. Scouting reports indicated that he'd grow up to be a masher, but instead he has turned into an all-around hitter who steals bases at a high percentage and batted second for the Pirates after making his major-league debut last June. Tabata played excellent defense in PNC Park's spacious left field, and the ball still jumps off his bat with enough force to convince some scouts that he will eventually develop the promised pop. As he still lacks the typical corner-outfielder's profile, the theoretical 22-year-old (Tabata's true age can only be ascertained by Doc Brown and his DeLorean) will go as far as his batting average will take him.
2010 Tabata took a major step forward in his development last season, which nobody could have predicted in spring training given that he had to deal with the major distraction of his wife, a woman more than twice his age, getting arrested for allegedly snatching a baby. Tabata was found not to be involved, and then went on to have a fine season, as he reached Triple-A a few weeks before his 21st birthday then tore up the Arizona Fall League. The last piece of the puzzle for Tabata is to learn how to hit for power, which is why he will go back to Indianapolis to begin this season. It might sound improbable, given how long Tabata's been on people's radars, but remember, he's heading into his age-21 season. If the home runs come, Tabata will become one of the cornerstones of the Pirates' rebuilding effort; if not, he's going to need a whole lot of everything else to be employable in a corner.
2009 The Yankees soured on Tabata last season when, frustrated by a slow start after clashing with coaches, he simply left Trenton in the middle of a game in May. That sort of Operation Shutdown capped questions about his effort at the plate and in the field. He played well after getting trade, and the basic skills—athleticism, great plate coverage, and quick wrists—are all still there. The Pirates feel he can achieve the superstar potential originally forecast for him, especially in light of his youth. If there's a danger, it's that he can play center in a pinch but he should wind up in a corner, and while he'll develop power, it might not play in left or right. He may end up being an underpowered corner outfielder with some pop, a good average, and enough walks. He has a high enough ceiling that it's possible, but lose any part of that proposition, and he'll come up short.
2008 Tabata has been held back by hand injuries the last two seasons, so we're not any closer to figuring out exactly what he's capable of. He seems to be able to hit for a good average, even when hurt, but power and plate judgment haven't arrived yet, and it's not clear if that's attributable to his youth, the injuries, his approach, his talent, or some combination of the above. To borrow Casey Stengel's evaluation of an earlier Yankees outfield prospect, Tabata has it in his body to be great. Until he gets healthy, we won't know for sure if his body will let that greatness out.
2007 A jammed thumb limited him to two games in the second half, but his bat had quieted before that and had largely gone dead in July (.222/.386/.333). The power is supposed to develop, but that doesn`t mean it will. Tabata is so very young--in a baseball sense he has yet to complete puberty--that it`s difficult to say what kind of player he`ll grow up to be. If you talk to the Yankees, they`ll tell you they don`t know where he`s going to hit in the end, but they expect it to be somewhere between second and fifth in the batting order.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)With the not-so surprising news that both Oscar Taveras and Gregory Polanco start out in the minors, do either amass 250 AB's this season?
(mprzybylo from Fort Myers)
It's a good possibility for both. I don't see Travis Snider or Jose Tabata as a particularly tough obstacle for Polanco and while Taveras seems blocked, he's one of those prospects where the team will find a place for him when he's ready. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Jose Tabata - any hope for a return to the initial promising career, or is it over?
(Frank from Singapore)
There's probably a chance but it has to be viewed as a long shot at this point. He's buried in Pittsburgh and probably needs a trade. (Mike Gianella)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a Pirate fan, do I have any reason to think any of our potential outfielders not named Andrew will be above average major league players? i.e. Snyder, Tabata, Marte?
(fgbaloh from Allentown)
fgbaloh, the good news is that those guys are all young. The bad news is... Jose Tabata has teased but seems to have plateaued. Travis Snider is not a bad gamble, but as with Tabata, he looks more like a role player to me. Starling Marte could be something. Scouts love him, PECOTA loves him, I have concerns about his plate discipline. But yeah, there's hope with him. (Geoff Young)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ben, Francisco Liriano - Jonathan Sanchez - Jose Tabata; which Bucco will have the best comeback season of the 3? thanks, Frank
(Frank from Singapore)
Tabata, I suppose. Probably best to bet on the young guy, where comebacks are concerned. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the Pirates give Travis Snider a full look as a starter next year? And as a follow up do you expect him to be exposed as a Quad A if he does get the chance?
(JP from Toronto)
I think they acquired him with the intention of running him out there every day in 2013. Jose Tabata has been a mess, but he's signed long-term (albeit cheaply), so he'll get another chance, probably in left field. The Pirates view themselves as contenders and one of Snider/Tabata needs to show up next year. My money is on Snider. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-07-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben, if Brother Justin is now unavailable, do the Bucs look to get the Other Brother (ie the real BJ) as a stretch-drive rental?
(Sweet Lou from Singapore)
You'd think Upton might be more attractive to a team with a need (as opposed to a McCutchen) in center, but there are three outfield spots, and B.J. would certainly make the Bucs better. So, sure, they might look to get him. But whether they actually do get him depends on what the Rays want back, whether they expect Jose Tabata to contribute, whether they can afford to take on the rest of the money owed to Upton after adding Wandy, and a whole host of other factors I might not know any more about than you do. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Freddie Freeman and Jose Tabata? Can they sustain anything close to their current walk rates (Freeman 12%, Tabata 12.5%)? Which of the two do you think will be more valuable going forward?
(Dennis from LA)
Tabata had some solid walk rates in the minors--an improvement on his 6.3 percent rate from 2010 wouldn't be a surprise, especially given his start, but he doesn't have nearly enough plate appearances to say this is totally for real yet, either.

It's the same deal with Freeman. He had some solid walk rates in the minors--pretty good, not amazing--but has good strike zone judgment and low strikeout rates. Tabata is the better fantasy player for 2011, thanks to steals and his position--Freeman, as a first baseman, is going to have a harder time standing out at his position. (Marc Normandin)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better season Brett Gardner or Jose Tabata? Is Gardner going to get 500 ABs?
(tony from albuquerque)
My capacity for objectivity is strained when it comes to Run BMG; new addition Jeremy Greenhouse and I constitute the BP chapter of the Brett Gardner/David Robertson fan club. If he can avoid the nagging injuries that handicapped him last year, he'll have every chance to reach 500 AB and put together a better season than Tabata. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Jose Tabata? Think he'll hit well enough to be a top-of-the-order guy?
(Guido from WV)
Yes, though maybe not in 2010. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)They shoot pirates, don't they? Anything to look forward to with the 2010 Bucs so I don't do the same?
(frank from vegas)
Well, Pedro Alvarez is up, and while he's off to just a 4-for-35 start, he should be good enough to stick in the majors once he gets his bearings. Neil Walker is taking to the majors as well, and that's worth something, too. I'm less optimistic about Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, but they're not hopeless. Andrew McCutchen is a damn fine ballplayer and Lastings Milledge is coming around. It's going to get better. Not immediately, but they're on the right track. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)If Jose Tabata hits 20 home runs a year, to go with his other stats, what do the Pirates have on their hands?
(Joe from Pa)
I guess that's the real question here-- how much power will he have? The lack of power would certainly be a problem, but if he does turn into 20-HR guy, he's gotta be an average corner outfielder. (Matt Swartz)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)You don't think Jose Tabata is a prospect??
(Ryan from Pittsburgh)
He's a prospect, but not a prospect worthy of the ?? you just gave me, particularly not at the moment of the trade, when the Yankees dealt him after some major discipline problems. Yes, he's operating at a high-level for a 20-year after a few years of not doing too much, but this is a guy who also has 26 career home runs in 431 games. He doesn't walk, not yet, and he's not a big speed guy, so if the power doesn't develop he's going to have to be a consistent .300 hitter to play. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)John-thanks for the chat. My previous question was submitted last week. Anyway, when does Jose Tabata make it to the majors and when does the power start to appear? Is Chase D'Arnaud the Pirates 2bman in 2011? or 2012?
(raygu1 from Burlington, NJ)
Tabata's power is going to start to show this year and he'll be up by August. D'Arnaud in 2011. I think he's a fast-tracker. (John Perrotto)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm trying to figure out Jose Tabata. He's still only 21, and by all accounts he seems to hit line drives every time up, but he doesn't walk and has shown little power. Will he develop further so that he can be a productive regular on a good team?
(Joel from Washington, DC)
Sounds to me that you have him totally figured out. Based on what you clearly know, the real question of value revolves around his ability to play center or not. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your own take on Jose Tabata, is he going to be nothing more than a Melky Cabrera or could he be a batting champion.
(Mike from Utica,NY)
I'm not 100 percent sold on him yet. I'd say Melky Cabrera at this point. (John Perrotto)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)does Cashman take back the Nady trade in an eye-blink? And are there any other mid-staff pitchers the yanks can give away at this year's deadline?
(frank from vegas)
It wasn't the world's greatest trade, but I doubt he loses any sleep over it at all. Calling Karstens and Ohlendorf "mid-staff" is a bit generous, and Jose Tabata had backed them up against the wall (and is presently hitting .250/.324/.297 while on the Double-A DL). That leaves McCutchen at Triple-A. Looks like he'll be decent, but we don't know that for sure. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, where does Jose Tabata start out next year? Altoona or Indy?
(Matt from Pittsburgh)
That's a good question. I'd say like Altoona, though how he looks in spring trianing could push him to Indianapolis. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Jackson over Jose Tabata? And when will we see them playing for the yankees? Could we see Jackson as a September call-up? What is Melky Cabrera's future?
(Mike from NY)
Melky's future: 4th outfielder. Jackson looks a lot closer to being ready than Tabata, who has really regressed this season. Jackson could be an August callup, even, if Melky and/or Gardner don't produce soon. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I want to know what your girlfriend thinks of Jose Tabata's decline.
(Dan from Florida)
She states that his name sounds like 'toboggan', and therefore it sounds like he should be going downhill. I guess I should warn you all that my girlfriend knows nothing about baseball. Like I had to explain to her the concept of a walk a while back, and she doesn't understand why the pitchers are on another team, and wouldn't it be more interesting if your own pitcher threw to you so you could really hit the ball. She also think home runs should be outs because they don't stay on the playing field. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, seems there is alot of public perception issues with Jose Tabata. He has not hit for alot of power yet...he has battles with immaturity. All that being said...he does not turn 20 until Aug, and is in AA. Wonder if his reality will never meet the public's expectations.
(Tim from DC)
I don't know what the expectation is. We know he can hit .300 at A-ball even when hurt. Now we have to see what else comes with that, if anything. AS IS he's still not anything. What's exciting is his projectability. It would be way premature to give up on him -- given his age he might not come around for another five years. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Are you a Jose T Guy or a F-Mart Guy and why???
(Dewey from NYC)
Are there still Jose Tabata guys out there? (Bryan Smith)


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