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 Post subject: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:50 am 
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Thought I would compare these two players and see what other people think.

Diaz is the better hitter. He makes solid contact more consistently. He never met a pitch he didn't like, but he gets good wood on what he can reach. Hits a lot like Sanguillen. Jaramillo has done ok, and the switch hitting is obviously an asset.

Defensively, Jaramillo has the better gun. Both guys are good at blocking the plate, but Diaz has a tendency to give up passed balls, like Doumit, where the ball just bounces off his mitt.

One thing that surprises me is that Diaz receives the ball better. He sets up really well and does a nice job of pulling the ball in that inch or two and holding it that might get you a few strike calls each game.

Not sure which guy calls a better game. :o


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 11:55 am 
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Yes, this has been an interesting study for me as well. It seems that Diaz's stock has risen with JR since Doumit's injury, whereas Jaramillo's has probably remained flat. JJ has hit better than expected, but, arm aside, his defense maybe isn't quite as good as advertised. On the other hand, Diaz seems to do a better job defensively than they thought he would while giving them everything they expected from the plate. Game calling- I don't know. I just know it's great to have 3 major league catchers available to us.


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 2:56 pm 
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Bob Walk commented lastnight on Diaz's mitt looks small and is wondering if thats the problem with pitches popping out of his mitt...

I've liked both of them really well...

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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 11:14 pm 
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I wrote in Diaz for starting catcher on my all-star ballet. he he!

My National League starters:

1b Pujols .326
2b Freddy .302
ss H. Ramirez .325
3b Wright .362
c- Diaz .306
of- Beltran .367
IbaƱez .349
Pence .347


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 11:17 pm 
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I should say all star BALLOT!

I might vote for the whole Pirates roster for all-star ballet.


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:56 pm 
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LOL


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 6:59 pm 
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I like Diaz' upside more than Jason's.

I think Diaz will continue to improve behind the plate, and hes definitely the better hitter.

I like that they are both getting PT and easing their way in. The two have been very good in the absence of Ryan. Less pressure on each player.

What these two guys are doing, could force someone to move to 1b (Doumit!!!),once LaRoche is gone.


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 1:10 am 
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Chef Jim wrote:
I like Diaz' upside more than Jason's.

I think Diaz will continue to improve behind the plate, and hes definitely the better hitter.

The Pirates appear to agree, since Diaz is the de facto starter in Doumit's absence. However, Jaramillo has a great knowledge of the strike zone. That is something the Pirates desperately need to improve.


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 9:16 am 
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Diaz could be a good pinch hitter. If the starters continue going deep into games, once Doumit is healthy, they ought to consider keeping Diaz and Jaramillo and sending one of the relief guys down. If they like Veal so much, spring a trade for him like they did with Meek last year, and send him down to continue to develop.

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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 11:42 am 
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Diaz appears to be the better hitter, on this team therefore, he needs to start more than JJ.


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 Post subject: Re: Jaramillo vs. Diaz
PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2009 8:22 pm 
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I like them both really well. By July, we should have a much better picture of their abilities. If both continue to play at this level, it might be worth looking at Doumit at first and trading LaRoche.

Doumit does, as has been documented here, get injured at lot and catchers touch almost every ball, thereby increasing the odds of injury.

First base may be his best spot.

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