Per Rob Biertempfel on Sulia:
Pirates OF Jose Tabata “looks totally checked-out” in minors, Triple-A Indy broadcaster Will Flemming told TribLiveRadio today: “Not only has he not been not sharp offensively, but his effort on defense at times has been totally appalling. Tabata has cost the Indians games and runs with just a complete lack of effort, getting after baseballs and with throws.”
Since his demotion to Indianapolis, Tabata is hitting .282/.338/.338 in 71 at-bats. Obviously, it would be really, really nice if he could turn things around because he is still very young and can (and should) be a contributor at the ML level for years to come. Hopefully he gets over whatever he’s going through right now and starts playing like the Jose Tabata we saw in 2008-2010 after the Pirates acquired him.