The Pittsburgh Pirates recently experienced a shift in power amongst its ownership group. What changes does Bob Nutting, the new face of the team, have to make in order to field a competitive ballclub in Pittsburgh? Should Pirate fans anticipate the emergence of a successful team in the near future?
Jeff Sackmann is the creator of MinorLeagueSplits.com, the only source for comprehensive split and situational stats for every active Minor Leaguer. He is a long-time Brewers fan and blogs about them at BrewCrewBall.com. He also runs the sabermetrics site BeyondTheBoxscore.com and contributes to the fantasy magazine Heater. Jeff says:
In short: no, Pirates fans have little to look forward to.
While there are undoubtedly multiple roads to success with a small-market team, they all center on properly evaluating and deploying young talent. The Pirates have done a decent job of the latter, giving pitchers like Zach Duke, Ian Snell, Paul Maholm and Tom Gorzelanny the opportunity to sink or swi...