First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects
Sep06

First Pitch: Why You Never Really Give Up On Prospects

There are a lot of stories in the minor leagues that are pretty standard. You’ll have guys like Gerrit Cole who are drafted as top prospects, perform well in their minor league careers, and go on to become big leaguers, as expected. There will be some surprise breakout prospects like Gregory Polanco and Tyler Glasnow, where the individual performances are a bit of a surprise, but the overall strategy of “find enough...

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Links: The Amazing John Holdzkom Story, and a Guide to Scouting
Sep05

Links: The Amazing John Holdzkom Story, and a Guide to Scouting

The Pittsburgh Pirates are about to take on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, opening a series where they hope to turn things around and capitalize on the recent slide by Milwaukee and the .500 play by Atlanta. While you wait for the opening game of the series, here are some interesting links to check out. **J.J. Cooper wrote an amazing article at Baseball America about how John Holdzkom went from indy ball to the big leagues. Cooper...

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Carlos Munoz Named to the GCL All-Star Team
Sep05

Carlos Munoz Named to the GCL All-Star Team

The Gulf Coast League announced their post-season All-Star team today. The Pittsburgh Pirates had one player on the team, with first baseman Carlos Munoz getting the honors. Munoz hit for a .284/.377/.421 line in 197 at-bats this year, along with four homers and 15 doubles. The most impressive part of his game is that he had more walks (30) than strikeouts (16). This is actually the third year in a row that he accomplished this feat....

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Pirates Still in Playoff Picture, Thanks to Horrible Second NL Wild Card Race
Sep05

Pirates Still in Playoff Picture, Thanks to Horrible Second NL Wild Card Race

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a huge series this week, getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result, they dropped in the projected standings, and are currently last in the projected contenders list below. The good news is that Milwaukee is riding a nine game losing streak, and the Braves have been playing .500 ball for quite some time. So while the Pirates were hurt by this last week, they certainly aren’t out of the...

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First Pitch: The Lack of Moves Isn’t the Big Problem It’s Made Out to Be
Sep05

First Pitch: The Lack of Moves Isn’t the Big Problem It’s Made Out to Be

The Pittsburgh Pirates did nothing to upgrade their team this year. That’s the reason they’re not currently in line for the playoffs, and why they might not make the playoffs. Or at least that’s what I’ve been hearing. I heard it during the off-season, when it was said that they weren’t going to be contenders this year because they didn’t make any additions to the team. It was repeated constantly...

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