Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?
May14

Is Tony Sanchez Throwing Away His Chance at Being a Starter?

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be faced with an interesting decision this off-season. Their starting catcher, Russell Martin, will be eligible for free agency. Their top catching prospect, Tony Sanchez, is at a point where the organization needs to decide whether his future is as a starter, or a backup. The decision? Bring Martin back at a much bigger cost than what they’re paying him now, or give Sanchez his shot at being a...

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First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?
May14

First Pitch: Where are the Pirates Breakout Prospects This Year?

Over the last few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have had more than their fair share of breakout prospects. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson stepped up in West Virginia in 2012. Tyler Glasnow emerged in 2013 at the same level. Guys like Nick Kingham, Stetson Allie, and Joely Rodriguez also improved their stock. The one thing about Polanco, Hanson, and Glasnow is that they were not only breakout prospects on a local level, but they were...

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Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night
May14

Prospect Watch: Gregory Polanco Just Misses the Cycle in Four Hit Night

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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More Details on Gregory Polanco’s Extension Offer
May13

More Details on Gregory Polanco’s Extension Offer

Ken Rosenthal has a few more details on Gregory Polanco’s extension offer from the Pirates. Rosenthal says that Polanco’s deal would have guaranteed $20-25 M, and adds the detail that the length and value of the contract would have hinged on whether he was Super 2 eligible. As I’ve written a lot the last few weeks, and as I pointed out when evaluating Polanco’s extension, teams usually add a Super 2 clause to a...

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First Pitch: Could the Pirates Be Sellers This July?
May13

First Pitch: Could the Pirates Be Sellers This July?

Today I was reading a few articles about how the Tampa Bay Rays might have to start thinking about trading David Price this summer due to their record. This was before their loss tonight, when they were sitting 16-22. That had me thinking two things. 1. I need to go up to St. Pete to see David Price soon. 2. If the Rays need to start thinking about selling because they’re 16-22 and four games out of the wild card, then what...

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