I seen an interesting topic posed on Bucs Dugout. The task was to assemble the best 25 man roster using current players who were once with the Pirates organization. Here is mine I wonder what the PSD community thinks.
1. McCutchen, LF
2. Walker, 2B
3. Bautista, RF
4. Ramirez, 3B
5. LaRoche, 1B
6. Marte, CF
7. Cruz, SS
8. Martin, C
Others I considered:
Catcher: Doumit, Kratz, McKenry
1st Base: Jones, Sanchez, Moss
MI: Barmes, Freddy Sanchez
OF: Bay, Moss, Jones
SP: McDonald, Karstens
RP: Capps, Gonzalez, Lyon, Veras, Gorzelanny
I believe as far as the lineup is concerned most are no brainers but I'll elaborate on some. I feel McCutchen and Bautista are locks for the outfield and I went with Marte because none of the other options really stand out and he has a huge upisde for 2013 and beyond. In the infield LaRoche is clearly the Pirates best 1B unless you want to move Alvarez or Ramirez over. Walker is head and shoulders above the rest of the 2B crop. 3B came down to Ramirez or Alvarez and I went with Ramirez due to past perfomance but kept Alvarez on the bench due to his upside and left handed power. Shortstop really ha dnothing so I took a chance with Cruz. As far as catcher Martin appears to me to be the best of a mediocre lot.
For the bench I feel Ross is one of the best backup catchers in the game and unlike Doumit he is actually a catcher. Alvarez I already discussed and Ludwick was my best choice for a power hitting RH stick on the bench. That left me with two infield bench spots and I wanted some versatility. Keppinger is the best of the lot so I naturally choose him but unfortunately he really can't play SS so I had to choose someone who could with the last spot. The best two options I could think of were Cedeno and Barmes. Both are good enough fielders to handle being the backup shortstop but Cedeno I feel gave me more with the bat and has a touch more versatility as he has played a little OF in the past.
For the rotation I felt Burnett, Rodriguez and Voglesong were locks. I like rotations with a second lefty and Maholm was clearly at least about even with the remaining right handers so I selected him. The fifth and finals spot came down to the innings eater Arroyo and the upside James McDonald. In the back of a rotation especially one with age issues at the top I like innings eaters so I went with Arroyo.
As for the bullpen I felt Lopez and Burnett were my best options from the left side and I think Grilli and Hanrahan gives me my best back end. That left three spots and I wanted a legnth pitcher, a strike out guy and a ground ball guy. I really liked Lincoln in his legnth role last year so I made him the long reliever, Dotel has had an excellent career striking hitters out so I took him as my strikeout guy and Melancon has a great ground ball rate so I took him as my middle innings DP specialists.
So what does everyone think? Feel free to create your own roster and let me know if I made any big oversights.