Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez
Dec21

Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Corey Hart for $2.5 M, with an additional $2.5 M in possible incentives. He will presumably play first base when left-handed pitchers are on the mound, but could also serve as a backup in the outfield. One of the things I noticed in response to the signing was the inevitable comparison to Gaby Sanchez, with some wondering why the Pirates got rid of Sanchez (who was due an estimated $2.7 M) just...

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Pirates Release Josh Lindblom, Who Will Go to Korea
Dec20

Pirates Release Josh Lindblom, Who Will Go to Korea

During the MLB Winter Meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Josh Lindblom off waivers from the Oakland Athletics. They designated him for assignment at the end of the week. There was also a report around the same time, saying that he had signed to play in Korea. Can confirm that RHP Josh Lindblom has signed with the Lotte Giants of KBO. 우투수 조시 린드블롬이 롯데와 계약을 하였습니다 #KBO — Sung-Min Kim (@sung_minkim) December 13, 2014 The MLB...

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The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available as an eBook
Dec19

The 2015 Prospect Guide is Now Available as an eBook

Yesterday I received the first shipment of the 2015 Prospect Guide. All of the pre-sales, along with orders that were placed this morning, have now been shipped out. I’ll be making one more run to the post office later today. Any orders placed after that run will be shipped out on Saturday morning. If you were waiting for the eBook, it is now available on the products page of the site. The eBook is a PDF, which allows you to use...

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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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