First Pitch: The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available
Dec19

First Pitch: The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available

I was expecting the 2015 Prospect Guide to arrive tomorrow. I had plans to drive up to Tampa and pick up the book from my publisher around 3 PM, get back to Bradenton around 4, and spend the rest of the night packaging the books up to ship out Saturday morning. I woke up this morning to an e-mail from my publisher, saying the books would be ready today at 3 PM. As a result, the 2015 Prospect Guide is here a day early. If you...

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First Pitch: A Different and Easier Approach to the Pitching Staff This Year
Dec18

First Pitch: A Different and Easier Approach to the Pitching Staff This Year

In 2012, the Pirates needed A.J. Burnett to bounce back in order to have a shot at a top of the rotation starter. They had Burnett in 2013, but needed Francisco Liriano to bounce back in order to join Burnett at the top of the rotation and make the pitching staff stronger. Last year they parted with Burnett, and brought in Edinson Volquez to replace him. They also brought in Vance Worley in a smaller deal, and he played a big role....

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The 2015 Prospect Guide Will Be Available This Week
Dec16

The 2015 Prospect Guide Will Be Available This Week

Today I received the proof copy of the 2015 Prospect Guide from the publisher. We went with a new publisher this year, and while there are only subtle differences, I think the new product is an improvement. The main thing I noticed was that the images appeared a little more clear than in previous books. And as always, the book includes profiles on every prospect in the system. I’ll be getting the first shipment of books on...

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The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest
Dec16

The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest

Throughout the off-season, Neal Huntington has said that Pedro Alvarez will be the starting first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, there have been some rumors about how the Pirates could still trade him. A specific rumor came up last week, saying the Pirates and Marlins discussed an Alvarez-for-Nathan Eovaldi deal. That deal sounded too good to be true. Eovaldi has amazing stuff, with one of the hardest fastballs in the...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond
Dec16

First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it out for the final spot. Beyond those six pitchers,...

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