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    So I am sitting here watching the game today and it just occurred to me (something that has been discussed before btw) that I just do not understand how Tabata doesn't hit for more power. This year he's hitting well enough that the projections are for him to go over 20 HRs...and we'll see if that happens or not. But this kid is a BIG boy. You look at his body and his approach at the plate and I just dont understand how he's not been hitting for more power all along. This has been something scouts and others have wondered as well...maybe this season he finally gets the power going too...if so, combined with McCutchen we could have a very special LF-CF combo. Add his speed and quite honestly it could be Tabata, not McCutchen, who is the 5-tool player
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    Tabata's power 'still evolving,' Hurdle says
    By Rob Biertempfel, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Sunday, April 24, 2011




    With three home runs in his first 74 at-bats, Jose Tabata might be starting to fulfill his power potential. However, his tendency to hit ground balls suggests otherwise.

    A player with a high ratio of ground balls to fly balls usually doesn't hit for much power. Tabata's ratio is 2.05, the fourth-highest in the majors this season.

    Among the players with the six highest ratios, the Pirates' left fielder is the only one who has homered entering Saturday's games. The top 10 players have combined for six home runs.

    Tabata went deep twice in a span of seven at-bats April 8-9 against Colorado at PNC Park. He also hit a leadoff homer April 17 at Cincinnati's hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park. In 21 plate appearances since his last homer entering Saturday, Tabata put three balls in play beyond the infield.

    Scouts have projected Tabata as someone who will hit 15 to 20 homers per year. Pirates management expects the power to come — but not right away.

    "His power is still evolving," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I don't think he's ever going to be the kind of guy who looks to hit home runs. Most home run hitters look to lift balls. We want him to become a good hitter with power, not a power hitter — there's a complete difference."

    He certainly has muscle. Tabata's two homers at PNC Park this year were to center field and the North Side Notch, the deepest part of the park.

    "There's a lot of teams that would like to have that young man in the lineup and a lot of hitters who would like to have his plate discipline and swing," Hurdle said.


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    I think of Henry Aaron. He wasn't considered big, but his wrists and hands were tremendous. I wonder what the feeling about Tabata's are because just being big and strong isn't always the answer.

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    I think of Henry Aaron. He wasn't considered big, but his wrists and hands were tremendous. I wonder what the feeling about Tabata's are because just being big and strong isn't always the answer.
    Yeah I realize size and strength aren't enough...im just saying the kid is a BIG dude...a better Melky Cabrera...more speed better D and better overall bat..but similar body type.
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    Tabata is gonna be a star....jmho

    Walker (the new Chase Utley) and Cutch, too.

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    Tabata will be a right handed hitting Bobby Abreu.

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    Yeah I realize size and strength aren't enough...im just saying the kid is a BIG dude...a better Melky Cabrera...more speed better D and better overall bat..but similar body type.
    Tabata isn't tall but he is built like a BSH.....

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    Tabata will be a right handed hitting Bobby Abreu.
    I think that is an apt comparison.
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    Tabata isn't tall but he is built like a BSH.....
    Yeah he is...he's built like a ****ing horse...a shorter Carlos LEE!
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    Tabata isn't tall but he is built like a BSH.....
    This.

    I think Tabata is gonna be a star in this league.

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    It's been talked about here before. Tabata generally doesn't put enough backspin on the ball to get the lift/loft needed for HR's.

    Personally, I like the guy just the way he is, but I also agree that as a 20-HR-a-year guy - on top of all the things he can already do - he'd be unbeatable.

    As it stands, Jose Tabata is gonna be my favorite Pirate as long as he's on this team.


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    Shaker..........good comparison. If he has a career like Abreu (assuming most of it is as a Bucco), I will be ecstatic.

    Jose Tabata is gonna be my favorite Pirate as long as he's on this team
    For me, its a tossup btwn Jose and Walker. I like them both equally
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    Btw, the Nats announcers said that teams are being told to run on Cutch's arm. Any thoughts?

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    Shaker..........good comparison. If he has a career like Abreu (assuming most of it is as a Bucco), I will be ecstatic.



    For me, its a tossup btwn Jose and Walker. I like them both equally
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    Btw, the Nats announcers said that teams are being told to run on Cutch's arm. Any thoughts?
    His arm is fine, I believe he had 8 or 9 OF assists last year. He just has a tendency to uncork some wild throws occasionally. I'm more concerned with Cutch at the plate then in the field. He's taking a lot of pitches. Almost like he's not seeing the ball well. (Maybe a trip to atl to see McLouth's eye doctor is in order)

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    His arm is fine, I believe he had 8 or 9 OF assists last year. He just has a tendency to uncork some wild throws occasionally. I'm more concerned with Cutch at the plate then in the field. He's taking a lot of pitches. Almost like he's not seeing the ball well. (Maybe a trip to atl to see McLouth's eye doctor is in order)
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    For me, its a tossup between Jose and Walker. I like them both equally
    Don't get me wrong - I like NFW. Like him. But a player that has a picture of Roberto Clemente's face tattooed over his ****ing HEART? And he was a Yankmee, and he STILL got it? Sorry, Lee, but that's reason #1 to love this guy, in my book. Add to that the tremendous abilities he has.... well, you get the picture.

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