First Pitch: McCutchen, Walker, and the Risk of Unnecessary Contract Extensions
Aug09

First Pitch: McCutchen, Walker, and the Risk of Unnecessary Contract Extensions

Earlier today, Mike Petriello wrote an article over at ESPN looking at the curse of the contract extension. Petriello pointed out a lot of big extensions that were given out from 2010-2014, well before an extension was needed. A lot of those extensions are now backfiring, such as Ryan Howard’s five-year, $125 M deal, and Joey Votto’s ten-year, $225 M deal, which is currently in year one and is seeing Votto miss a lot of...

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Adrian Sampson Continue Breakout Seasons
Aug09

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones and Adrian Sampson Continue Breakout Seasons

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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Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?
Aug08

Which Pirates Prospects Need to be Protected From the 2014 Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft is a big topic every year. In the past, the draft has led to some big finds, such as Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, and of course Roberto Clemente. In recent years, the draft has been less likely to see impact guys get taken. This is a result of MLB allowing¬†teams an extra year before players were eligible for the draft, which happened back in 2006. It’s pretty easy to fit eligible Rule 5 guys on a roster these days....

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Josh Bell and Reese McGuire Receive Best Tools Honors
Aug08

Josh Bell and Reese McGuire Receive Best Tools Honors

Baseball America continued their Best Tools lists today, looking at all of the players in full-season A-ball. Yesterday I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few guys make the list in the upper levels, including Elias Diaz being named the Best Defensive Catcher in the Eastern League, and Gregory Polanco being named the Best Batting Prospect and the Most Exciting Player in the International League. The Pirates had two more...

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First Pitch: Is Diaz the Number One Catcher? When Will Glasnow Be Promoted?
Aug08

First Pitch: Is Diaz the Number One Catcher? When Will Glasnow Be Promoted?

Tonight I’ve got some thoughts on two prospects in the system who have been performing very well this year. One of the prospects has been a bit of a breakout (Elias Diaz), while the other is just continuing to impress and move up the top prospect lists (Tyler Glasnow). The two topics are largely inspired by questions I’ve gotten on these two players, but we also wrote about both guys today, so I felt it was a good time to...

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