Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day
Jun24

Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day

When the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Cole Tucker with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft, it came as a surprise. Tucker wasn’t connected to the Pirates at all leading into the draft. He wasn’t ranked as a guy who could go in the first round. If there’s one person who wasn’t surprised, it was Tucker. “I knew going into the day that I was going to go somewhere in the top 30-40 picks,” Tucker...

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First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense
Jun24

First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates won because of their pitching. The pitching staff as a whole combined for a 3.58 xFIP, which tied the Atlanta Braves for third in the majors, and second in the NL. The offense was middle of the pack, by advanced metrics, with the Pirates ranking 13th in baseball with a 98 wRC+. The actual results under-performed the advanced metrics, leading to the Pirates finishing in the bottom third in runs scored....

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Pirates 23rd Round Pick Released From Tulane Commitment
Jun23

Pirates 23rd Round Pick Released From Tulane Commitment

A week ago I wrote about how Pittsburgh Pirates 23rd round pick Zach Warren was requesting a release from his commitment to Tulane. Warren had committed to Tulane before several changes to the coaching staff, and requested his release as a result of those changes. According to Warren himself, on Twitter, he has been de-committed and released from Tulane. Officially decommitted and released from Tulane… Crazy how things work out...

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First Pitch: The Moves the Pirates Will Have to Make This Week
Jun23

First Pitch: The Moves the Pirates Will Have to Make This Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates will get a boost this week, seeing two of their top players returning. Neil Walker has been a hot hitter this year, and is expected back on Tuesday. Gerrit Cole is expected to re-join the rotation this weekend. That combination means the Pirates will have to make a few moves this week. Those moves could include a decision on Travis Snider or Jose Tabata, and the demotion of one of three starting pitchers who are...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects
Jun22

First Pitch: The Pirates Are Stockpiling Shortstop Prospects

Today I was working on the GCL Preview, and noticed how many shortstops the Pirates have at the level. The main guy to watch this year will be 2014 first round pick Cole Tucker, although there are some other promising guys at the same level. Sam Kennelly received $225,000 out of Australia, and started the first two games while Tucker gets ready for his season to begin. Nelson Jorge was taken in the draft this year, and has the skills...

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