Here are today’s stories, along with some notes on each feature.
**Do Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew Make Sense for the Pirates? I looked at both players today, along with the situation where no MLB teams like them enough to offer a contract. In both cases, I think the names are more valuable than the actual players. They’d be good for the Pirates if things went wrong at certain positions, but I don’t think these are guys who should force the Pirates to panic.
As a side note to this, there was a note I wanted to make from the comment section. I mentioned this in the past, but we’re taking a different approach with MLB coverage this year. We’re ignoring the game recaps and all of the cookie cutter articles you find at every single outlet, and going for more analysis. However, because of sample size issues, it’s hard to get good analysis this early in the season. Plus, as always, our writers are usually only covering the team at home, thus we wouldn’t have had coverage the last week, even if we were doing game recaps.
**Tyler Glasnow Brings Heat in Extended Spring Training Start. I’m looking forward to seeing him in Bradenton. It appears he will be making his season debut by next week around this time. It’s not like the farm system has zero good stories, since Gregory Polanco has been a great story each day. However, the system has seen a ton of injuries, so getting Glasnow back, and getting him throwing a ton of heat, is going to be a nice boost.
**John Dreker has the Prospect Watch tonight, in which he points out that Adrian Sampson and John Kuchno pitched gems. Also, check out the Minor League Schedule, which we have going up on the site each morning. A few of you have asked about season stats in these articles. We will be eventually adding those, but we’re looking for a good way to implement this on the site, rather than manually adding stats each night (most of which don’t update on the season until hours after the game is over).
**Jose Tabata Leaves Wednesday’s Game With Concussion-Like Symptoms. With the way Travis Snider has been playing lately, this is no more than a bench bat going down. If Tabata goes out, I wouldn’t expect a big bat to come from Triple-A (Gregory Polanco, Andrew Lambo). Instead, I’d expect a bench bat to replace Tabata, since that hitter wouldn’t be getting a lot of playing time.