First Pitch: Remembering When Win 82 Mattered, and the New Expectations
Sep19

First Pitch: Remembering When Win 82 Mattered, and the New Expectations

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak featured a lot of desperation from Pirates fans. At times, it felt like the Pirates would never have a winning season again. For so long, fans were convinced that the only way the Pirates could have a winning season would be if everything went right, and the NL Central was weak. Every player had to have a career year. Every prospect had to be in the majors, and working out. Every off-season...

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2014 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep18

2014 Bradenton Marauders Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In 2014, the Bradenton Marauders featured the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league pitcher and player of the year. Tyler Glasnow was coming off an incredible season in West Virginia in 2013, when he won the Pitcher of the Year award. He followed that up with another impressive season in Bradenton, taking the award for the second year in a row. Josh Bell started the year in Bradenton, and started to show why he received a $5 M bonus...

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First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?
Sep18

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play Milwaukee at home this weekend. They follow that...

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2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep17

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The...

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First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015
Sep17

First Pitch: An Early Look at the Depth Out of Indianapolis in 2015

Today we started our 2014 season recap series by looking at the 2014 Indianapolis Indians. As the Triple-A team, Indianapolis obviously provides the depth for the Pirates throughout the year. This year the depth wasn’t that strong on the position player side, although the additions of Vance Worley, Jeff Locke, and Brandon Cumpton helped the rotation at times throughout the year. With the Indianapolis recap coming today, it...

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