First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?
Sep28

First Pitch: Did the New Team in Bristol Benefit the Pirates System?

Today I wrote up the 2014 Jamestown Jammers and Bristol Pirates season recaps, which you can check out by clicking on each of those team names. From a talent perspective, these two teams were clearly the weakest in the system. Some of that might have been due to the changes the Pirates made, adding an extra short-season team in Bristol this year. There are multiple reasons a team adds a new affiliate like Bristol. For one, this could...

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The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?
Sep28

The NL Central Comes Down to Game 162; Who Should Start a Tiebreaker Game?

This has been a crazy season. The Pittsburgh Pirates had a horrible month of April, went back and forth all summer between being borderline contenders and borderline out of the race, lost a lot of key players for various stretches, had a horrible record against everyone in their division except the Cubs, and now we enter the final day of the season and they still have a shot at winning the division. The Pirates and Cardinals both lost...

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2014 Bristol Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep27

2014 Bristol Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Earlier today I wrote about how the addition of the Bristol Pirates led to an older team in Jamestown, which didn’t feature a lot of top talent. The Bristol roster wasn’t much younger in respect to the average age in the Appy League, and also didn’t have many top prospects. They did have a clear strength, and that was pitching. However, their two top pitching prospects saw big struggles, and another missed most of...

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2014 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep27

2014 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a change in the lower levels, adding a team in Bristol that fit between the GCL Pirates and Jamestown Jammers. As a result of this change, Jamestown saw a weaker overall team, along with a much older team than normal. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The Hitters Most of the hitters in Jamestown this year projected as organizational...

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First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October
Sep27

First Pitch: There Will Be Playoff Baseball at PNC Park This October

Since¬†two of the three relevant playoff games were on the West Coast tonight, I decided to combine the playoff update with First Pitch. Well, that, and also due to the fact that I’ve been getting ready to leave to cover the playoffs, where hopefully I’ll be gone for more than just a week, and preferably a month. The Pirates got in a better situation for that to happen tonight. They beat the Reds, and the Giants lost to the...

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