The Pirates New Affiliate in Morgantown Will Be Called The West Virginia Black Bears
Oct22

The Pirates New Affiliate in Morgantown Will Be Called The West Virginia Black Bears

A few weeks ago, the Morgantown franchise (which just relocated from Jamestown) held a naming contest. Today, the franchise announces that the new team will be called the West Virginia Black Bears. The team is the new Pittsburgh Pirates’ affiliate in the New York-Penn League, which is the level just below their other team in West Virginia, the Power. It'S OFFICIAL! We will take the field in June of 2015 as the WEST VIRGINIA...

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First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?
Oct22

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around $13.5 M, which is a bit misleading, since the...

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Pre-Order the 2015 Prospect Guide
Oct21

Pre-Order the 2015 Prospect Guide

The 2015 Prospect Guide is now available for pre-sales, and will be released in mid-December. This is the fifth year that we’ve published the Prospect Guide, and during that five-year span, the book has undergone some changes. The core focus of the book is still the same — to provide profiles and reports on every prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system. This year’s book will feature reports from...

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2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base
Oct21

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa won the job out of Spring Training, after...

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First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?
Oct21

First Pitch: Is Chris Stewart the Best Catching Option If the Pirates Can’t Re-Sign Martin?

The Pittsburgh Pirates brought in Chris Stewart last year to serve as a defensive specialist behind Russell Martin. Stewart did not exactly specialize in defense during the 2014 season. The catcher posted his best year ever offensively, with a .693 OPS that was overĀ 100 points higher than his career numbers entering the season. That was largely fueled by a .364 BABIP, which is way up from his career .259 BABIP. Stewart has never...

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