Pirates Still Playoff Contenders, But Need to Beat Their Own Division
Jul17

Pirates Still Playoff Contenders, But Need to Beat Their Own Division

The second half of the MLB season begins tomorrow, and the latest playoff projections have the Pittsburgh Pirates still listed as contenders. Last week they were moving up the list, but this week they were bumped back down after struggling against the Reds and Cardinals. Winning against their own division has been an issue, which I’ll go into below. Each week we will break down the playoff odds and projections from the top three...

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Pirates Have Four in Keith Law’s Mid-Season Top 50
Jul17

Pirates Have Four in Keith Law’s Mid-Season Top 50

Keith Law has released his mid-season top 50 prospects, and has four Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. This is consistent with the previous prospect lists, which had 4-5 prospects listed. Law has Tyler Glasnow as the top guy in the system, coming in ranked at number 20. That’s the same as his pre-season ranking. Law says that Glasnow has two above-average secondary offerings now, which shows the improvements he has made...

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First Pitch: It’s Time to Recognize Mark Melancon as an Elite Reliever
Jul17

First Pitch: It’s Time to Recognize Mark Melancon as an Elite Reliever

Mark Melancon is one of the best relievers in baseball. That’s not just my opinion. It’s a statistical fact. Just take a look at the numbers over the last two years. Melancon ranks 7th of 139 relievers in xFIP. If you prefer ERA, he drops down to 8th. He’s been an amazing reliever for the Pirates, but he doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Pittsburgh. I’m always baffled by the reactions towards...

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Hits 15th Homer of the Year
Jul16

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Hits 15th Homer of the Year

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ¬†Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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The New Draft Rules Are Backfiring
Jul16

The New Draft Rules Are Backfiring

Yesterday a lot of news came out regarding Brady Aiken, the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. To give a short recap, the Astros¬†agreed to a deal with Aiken, but now they’re saying that he has an injury. Aiken is denying the injury. The Astros have delayed a deal with their fifth rounder, since his above-slot signing could only be possible if they actually sign Aiken (the agreed upon deal was under slot, and some of the rest...

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