Jose Tabata hitting .317 from leadoff spot


Jose Tabata (.283 – 6 HR – 32 RBI) has been a pleasant surprise for the Pirates this season and has been an impact player from the leadoff spot in place of Starling Marte. Tabata batting .315 (46-146) since August 1st, is hitting .317/.366/.462 (33-104) with 2 home runs, 16 RBIs, and 7 doubles from the leadoff spot this season. Tabata is 6-11 (.545) with 5 RBIs in his last three games.

Jose Tabata hitting .308 in last 10 games


Jose Tabata (.272 – 4 HR – 21 RBI) has picked the right time to be playing the best baseball of the season for himself with Starling Marte ailing and Marte out until at least Mid-September, possibly longer. Tabata went 2-5 with an RBI and run scored in the Pirates 7-1 win over the Cardinals Saturday night. Tabata has provided a spark of late, hitting .308 with 4 RBIs and four extra base hits in his last 10 games.

Jose Tabata has big night vs Giants


Jose Tabata (.270 – 4 HR – 20 RBI) had a big night in the Pirates 10-5 win, going 3-4 with a double, 3 RBIs and 2 runs. Tabata’s night was highlighted by a 3-run double to deep left center in the 5th inning, scoring Garrett Jones, Jordy Mercer and Jeff Locke as the Pirates put up 7 runs in the inning. Tabata batting leadoff got the Pirates going with a single to center to open the game and then Andrew McCutchen had a run scoring single, scoring Tabata as the Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 1st. Tabata would also add a single in the 8th.

Huntington on team deciding to demote Jose Tabata to the minors


Pirates GM Neal Huntington said today that just about “everything” went into the thought process of demoting outfielder Jose Tabata who has been plagued all season by struggles at the plate and in the field, in addition to having a bad work ethic which has been most alarming about his downfall this season and has led to growing frustrations among management and manager Clint Hurdle. “I would say that just about everything went into the thought process of whether to hold Jose Tabata or option him to 3A, ” Huntington told Inside Pittsburgh on Tuesday afternoon.

Perrotto’s Weekly Pirates Report: Lincoln starting to blossom in bullpen role & buzz on Burnett, Tabata & Taillon


WEEKLY PIRATES REPORT *Analysis, Rumblings, & Musings* By John Perrotto Brad Lincoln has a pretty good sense of humor, which is why he isn’t scared to joke about being “the guy the Pirates took instead of Tim Lincecum.” The Pirates chose Lincoln with the fourth overall selection in the 2006 amateur draft from the University of Houston. The Pirates felt Lincoln was a safer pick than Lincecum, then the ace at the University of Washington, because he had much cleaner mechanics and better makeup. Lincecum has gone on to win two National League Cy Young Awards. Lincoln, on the other hand, has won just four major-league games. However, at 27, Lincoln seems to be finally starting to blossom, albeit in a different role than the Pirates envisioned when they drafted him. Lincoln has made five relief appearances this season and posted a fine 0.87 ERA as he has allowed oneRead More »

Minor League Report for Aug 11: Tabata quiet in 9-1 win


Indianapolis 9 – Columbus 1 — Jose Tabata (.333) had a quiet night in the Indians 9-1 rout over Columbus. Tabata was 0-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout and walk. Tabata was the DH and It was his 6th rehab game. Tabatas has 4 doubles and 1 RBI during his rehab stint…. — Third baseman Josh Harrison (.315) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, double and walk. Third baseman Matt Hague (.320) also extended his hitting streak which is now at 8 games. Hague had a three hit night, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored…. — Second baseman Jordy Mercer (2-4, 3B, 4 RBI) drove in 4 runs and Jason Jaramillo (3-5, 1HR, 3 RBI) had a 3 RBI night…. — Brian Burres (4-8, 4.76 ERA) collected his 4th win of the season, allowing 6 hits and 1 earnedRead More »

Minor League report for Aug 9: Tabata goes 1-for-4 in loss


Toledo 4 – Indianapolis 2 — Ross Ohlendorf (1-1, 3.63 ERA) made his final rehab start, allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. — Jose Tabata (strained quad) started in right field and went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored. Tabata (.308) is 4-for-13 with 2 doubles in four games with the Indians. — Former top prospect Jeff Clement is back with the club and went 1-for-3 in the loss. He is batting .350 on the season. — Center fielder Gorky’s Hernandez had a two hit game.

Perrotto: Pirates not able to look to Indy for help at the plate


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ offense has yet to hit its stride nearly two months into the season. The Pirates are 13th in National League in runs scored with an average of 3.65 a game. They are also 12th in on-base percentage (.311), 14th in batting average (.236) and 15th in slugging percentage (.356). Manager Clint Hurdle has basically taken over the hitting coach responsibilities from Gregg Ritchie but that hasn’t sparked the Pirates’ hitters. Hurdle tried shuffling the batting order Wednesday with left fielder Jose Tabata batting leadoff and center fielder Andrew McCutchen in the No. 3 hole–the spots they occupied at the beginning of the season–but the Pirates lost 4-2 to the Atlanta Braves in 11 innings at PNC Park. Other than moving guys around on the lineup card, there seems to little Hurdle or the Pirates can do to get an offensive jolt. Class AAA Indianapolis hasRead More »

Tabata’s outstanding walk/strikeout ratio, plate discipline key to his progression


By John Perrotto Jose Tabata’s goal every time he steps into the batter’s box is to see five pitches in a plate appearance. “The longer you wait, you better chance you have of the pitcher making a mistake, and you also tire him out physically and mentally,” the Pirates left fielder said. Averaging five pitchers per plate appearances is a bit of an impossible dream. New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner led the major leagues in that category with an average of 4.62 last season, which was the highest P/PA since major-league pitch-by-pitch data began being charted in 1988. Tabata, though, is showing good plate discipline this season for a 22-year-old hitter with less than one full season’s worth of experience in the major leagues as he is seeing an average of 3.70 pitches per trip to the plate. That has helped Tabata get off to an outstanding startRead More »

Arizona Fall League: Tabata, Veal not the only prospects drawing praise from scouts


By John Perrotto The Pirates stuck with Donnie Veal throughout the 2009 season, even though they knew he was not ready to pitch in the major leagues. That move might wind up paying off in the long haul if continues to pitch like he is in the Arizona Fall League. “He’s been one of the most impressive pitchers out here,” said a scout from a major-league organization who covers the AFL on a daily basis. The Pirates selected the left-hander from the Chicago Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft last December despite the face he led the Southern League in walks and wild pitches for Class AA Tennessee in 2008. They knew a lefty who threw 95 mph with a hammer curveball was too good to pass up for the $50,000 draft price. The only catch was they had to keep him on the major-league roster all season or offerRead More »