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 over 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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2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid
Oct20

2014 Recaps: Russell Martin Had a Career Year Offensively, But Defense Will Get Him Paid

Almost two years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Russell Martin to the biggest free agent deal in franchise history. The deal was for two years and $17 M, outbidding the New York Yankees by a few million. Martin turned down a three-year deal from the Pirates, opting to enter free agency a year earlier. That turned out to be a very wise decision. At the end of the 2013 season, I looked at Martin compared to the previous catchers in...

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2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco
Oct17

2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco

Heading into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sticking with internal options in right field, just waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive in the majors. Polanco was the long-term solution for the Pirates, completing their Dream Outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. The Pirates opted to go with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, two outfielders who struggled at the position enough in 2013 to warrant a big trade...

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