First Pitch

First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

Dave Littlefield has not been in the general manager's office for over five years, but his impact on this Pirates team can still be felt.

Neal Huntington became Trader Neal to get a lot of young players in his early years.

No, that's not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates' minor-league system in shambles despite six straight Top-11 picks, but at least a couple of those prospects worked out. Three productive players in the Pittsburgh lineup were all amateurs picked up by Littlefield: Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker and Starling Marte. The current front office gets credit for taking these guys as minor leaguers and polishing them into starters, but kudos to Littlefield for getting them.

As for the success of today's Pirates' pitching staff, that is pretty much all Neal Huntington ...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

First Pitch

James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person. Google

More in First Pitch

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Looking Ahead to J.A. Happ’s Best Role in the Playoffs

Tim WilliamsSeptember 5, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Pirates Entering a Must-Sweep Series Against the Cardinals

Tim WilliamsSeptember 4, 2015
Austin Meadows 4

First Pitch: The Future of Austin Meadows in the Pirates’ Organization

Tim WilliamsSeptember 3, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Can the Pirates Sell High on Pedro Alvarez This Off-Season?

Tim WilliamsSeptember 2, 2015
Tyler Glasnow 3

First Pitch: Why Tyler Glasnow Isn’t Ready and Isn’t Needed in Pittsburgh

Tim WilliamsSeptember 1, 2015
Jameson Taillon 8

First Pitch: Why You Don’t Put a Prospect on the 60-Day DL For a 40-Man Spot

Tim WilliamsAugust 27, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects