The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers
Mar03

The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers

There has been a lot of talk the last few years about pitch framing for catchers, along with the importance of blocking skills. In the last year this has become a big topic for the Pirates, due to the signing of Russell Martin, who is rated one of the best pitch framers in the game. Despite the realization of the value of pitch framing and blocking, we haven’t really had an accurate way of calculating the actual value of a good...

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First Pitch: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates
Mar03

First Pitch: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates

The Major League Baseball draft doesn’t allow you to go over your total bonus pool without some extreme penalties. These include the loss of future draft picks, as well as a 100 percent tax on the overage. If there was any team wondering if an individual player was worth those penalties, all they need to do is look at what happened with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mark Appel. Appel was the top prospect in the 2012 draft, but fell...

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Pirates Top Ten Prospect Harold Ramirez Taking BP (Video)
Mar02
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Austin Meadows: A Luxury For an Organization Loaded With Quality Outfielders
Mar02

Austin Meadows: A Luxury For an Organization Loaded With Quality Outfielders

The Pittsburgh Pirates have no shortage of quality outfielders. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte at the major league level, with Gregory Polanco on the way to possibly provide the best outfield trio in the majors. They’ve got top prospects in the minor leagues, beyond Polanco, who could either shift to first base, serve as depth/eventual replacements for the big three, or be used as a trade chip if needed....

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The Pre-Injury Wandy Rodriguez Would Be a Huge Boost to the Rotation
Mar01

The Pre-Injury Wandy Rodriguez Would Be a Huge Boost to the Rotation

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates had question marks at the back of their rotation heading into the season. They had Jeff Locke, who came with the normal questions that a rookie would have. They also had Jonathan Sanchez in the fifth spot in the rotation, after the lefty signed a minor league deal in the off-season. That doesn’t include the questions wondering which James McDonald would show up in 2013 — the first half...

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