Sunday, June 6, 2010

Around the Diamond- Part 5- Shortstop

We've been taking a tour around the diamond and today we are at short and Ronny Cedeno.  Cedeno isn't ever going to be a big star, but I'm happy with him at the moment.

He's an upgrade over Jack Wilson, which really isn't saying much, but Cedeno does his job.  Defensively, he is good and he offers a little bit with the bat.  he is currently hitting only .240/4/14.  I'm fine with that though.

He grinds out good at  bats and is consistent in the field.  He doesn't cost you anything by being the everyday shortstop.  The reason I like him is that he is a good 2-3 year stop gap at the position.

Cedeno is a solid pro and should remain the everyday guy for the next year or so.  By then, Chase D'Arnaud should be ready.  D'Arnaud got off to a slow start this season at Altoona, but many consider him to be the best athlete in the organization.  He has raise his average to .225 and his game is gap hitting and speed and he brings that everyday.

The future is D'Arnaud's, but he's about two years away.  Unless the Pirates are smart and draft Manny Machado, then Machado could be the future ss of the Pirates.  Either way, Cedeno is the guy for the next couple of seasons and there is nothing wrong with that.  Shortstop has become the first position that I don't feel the Pirates need to change in the immediate future.

7 comments:

  1. cedeno is solid. I don't mind having him at short.

    I'd much rather have him than Wilson's sorry ass

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  2. Cedeno is ok. You can tell how much better a player he is already from this time last season. He will never be a superstar, but you can do much worse than Cedeno, as we've known for the previous 10 seasons

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  3. what the hat on Jack, he was great

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  4. To the guy above, what the hell are you trying to say? By the way, Jack Wilson sucked big time

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  5. No he didn't suck. Cedeno sucks

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  6. Personally, both of you guys suck. Jack sucked and Cedeno is average.

    I'm excited about D'Arnaud. I've seen him play five times and let me tell you, he is the real deal. Ten times better than his numbers would suggest

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