First Pitch: Finding an Accurate Trade Value For Relief Pitchers
Jul28

First Pitch: Finding an Accurate Trade Value For Relief Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relief pitchers leading up to the trade deadline. Any time there is a trade rumor connecting the Pirates to a player, I usually do a Trade Value article, looking at what that player will probably cost. The exception comes with relievers. The value of relievers never matches up with the trade value that teams give up in prospects. In some cases, the price that teams pay for...

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Prospect Watch: The One Thing Holding Willy Garcia Back From Being a Top Prospect
Jul28

Prospect Watch: The One Thing Holding Willy Garcia Back From Being a Top Prospect

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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Pirates Have Seven in MLB.com’s Mid-Season Top 100 Prospects List
Jul28

Pirates Have Seven in MLB.com’s Mid-Season Top 100 Prospects List

MLB.com has released their mid-season top 100 prospects update, and the Pittsburgh Pirates have seven on the list. That’s the second highest amount, falling right behind the Chicago Cubs, who had the most with eight. The highest ranked prospect was Tyler Glasnow, who came in rated 20th overall. Glasnow was also the top prospect in the system in MLB.com’s updated Pirates top 20. After Glasnow came Jameson Taillon at number...

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Pirates Interested in Andrew Miller, Who is Drawing a Lot of Demand
Jul27

Pirates Interested in Andrew Miller, Who is Drawing a Lot of Demand

Last night we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Boston Red Sox relievers. Today we get some more specifics, as it seems they’re one of many teams interested in left-handed reliever Andrew Miller. Rob Biertempfel says that the Pirates are interested in Miller. #RedSox are shopping lefty Andrew Miller. #pirates are interested, have been scouting sox for couple of weeks. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib)...

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First Pitch: Taking the John Buck Approach to Adding a Relief Pitcher
Jul27

First Pitch: Taking the John Buck Approach to Adding a Relief Pitcher

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates had a need for a starting right fielder. By the end of August, they made a deal for Marlon Byrd, sending Dilson Herrera and Vic Black to the New York Mets. In the same deal, they also got catcher John Buck, who they used as their backup the rest of the season. Buck wasn’t a very good backup catcher. He was replacement level, and was horrible at pitch framing. You can’t really say that the...

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