The PTBNL in the Travis Snider Trade Won’t Be Determined Until Spring Training
Jan28

The PTBNL in the Travis Snider Trade Won’t Be Determined Until Spring Training

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports in Baltimore had an update on the Travis Snider trade today, saying that he’s hearing the player to be named later won’t be determined until Spring Training. Last night I wrote about the possibilities for the PTBNL, noting that it might be a 2014 draft pick that can’t be traded until mid-season. I don’t think this news rules that out. Kubatko has been saying that the player will be...

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Pirates Sign Wilkin Castillo to a Minor League Deal
Jan28

Pirates Sign Wilkin Castillo to a Minor League Deal

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor league deal. Wilkin Castillo has signed minor league contract with Pirates, source says. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 28, 2015 Castillo had two brief stints in the majors in 2008 and 2009 with the Reds. He is 30 years old, and has been playing in the Mexican Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting for a .582 OPS last...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller
Jan28

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make a Mistake Trading Snider, Or Are They Selling High?
Jan28

First Pitch: Did the Pirates Make a Mistake Trading Snider, Or Are They Selling High?

I found myself going back and forth between two thoughts when thinking about the Travis Snider trade this evening. The first thought involved thinking about the possibility that Snider could be the next Brandon Moss. The Pirates got Moss in the Jason Bay deal, hoping that his power potential would translate over to the majors. It never did, although he did have a huge season with Indianapolis in 2010, with an .800 OPS and 22 homers...

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Pirates Will Have Five Spring Training Games Broadcast on ROOT Sports
Jan27

Pirates Will Have Five Spring Training Games Broadcast on ROOT Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have five Spring Training games broadcast on ROOT Sports this year, with all five coming in the middle of camp. The scheduled games are as follows. **Sunday, March 15 vs. Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. **Tuesday, March 17 vs. Houston Astros at 1:05 p.m. **Wednesday, March 18 vs. Detroit Tigers at 6:05 p.m. **Saturday, March 21 vs. Boston Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. **Friday, April 3 at Philadelphia Phillies...

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