Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013
Feb04

Pirates Spent $2.58 M in International Bonuses in 2013

Baseball America has released the 2013 International bonus estimates for each Major League team. The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up spending an estimated $2.58 M, which ranked 20th in the majors. Originally I wrote that this number had exceeded their $2.426 M bonus pool in 2013-14. However, the bonuses were just for the 2013 season, and included bonuses for the 2012-13 signing period. It appears the figures went along with Ben...

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First Pitch: Great Moments in Buying a Contender
Feb04

First Pitch: Great Moments in Buying a Contender

One of the things I dislike most about the off-season is how simple the analysis can be. Usually it all boils down to good ratings for the teams that spent money and added names, and poor ratings for teams who didn’t make a move or made low key additions. The analysis only views the off-season in a vacuum, and doesn’t consider the roster leading up to the off-season, the internal improvements on the team, or how the new...

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Who Will Be the Top Pirates Prospect in 2015?
Jan31

Who Will Be the Top Pirates Prospect in 2015?

Today we wrapped up our top 20 prospect countdown, finishing off with Gregory Polanco ranked as the top prospect in the system this year. If you enjoyed the countdown, and the reports that went with each prospect, I recommend buying the 2014 Prospect Guide. It includes the full top 50 prospects, along with a report on each player. What the countdown didn’t include were the stats, height, weight, bio information, and our grade...

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Pirates Prospects Article Nominated For a SABR Award – Vote Now!
Jan31

Pirates Prospects Article Nominated For a SABR Award – Vote Now!

If you read this site, then you probably read James Santelli’s fantastic article over the summer: Pirates Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team. The article was by far one of the most popular articles in site history, and for good reason. The insight and the breakdown of how the defensive shifts have been employed were fantastic, at a time when people were just starting to realize that the Pirates were...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #1 – Gregory Polanco
Jan31

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #1 – Gregory Polanco

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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