Will PNC Park Host a Wild Card Game For the Third Straight Year?
Dec30

Will PNC Park Host a Wild Card Game For the Third Straight Year?

During the regular season we do weekly playoff odds updates, and they always come with a disclaimer that they’re only projections, and a lot of things can change. That is even more the case early in the season. So as you could imagine, a projection in late-December is pretty much just for the fun of things, with a big disclaimer that a lot can change. With that said, FanGraphs has┬áthe Pirates doing well in their projected 2015...

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There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang
Dec29

There Will Be No Need to Immediately Clear a Starting Spot for Jung-Ho Kang

A week ago, the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights with Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang. The rumored cost for Kang will be four years and $20 M, and that doesn’t include the $5 M that the Pirates spent to negotiate with him. For the last week, one of the big themes I’ve been seeing in discussions about Kang is the anticipation for the other shoe dropping. The...

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First Pitch: Where Would Jung-Ho Kang Have Ranked in the 2015 Prospect Guide?
Dec24

First Pitch: Where Would Jung-Ho Kang Have Ranked in the 2015 Prospect Guide?

After the news yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for the exclusive negotiation rights for Jung-Ho Kang, a thought went through my mind: I’m glad I don’t have to figure out where he fits in the 2015 Prospect Guide. The book went to publishing a week before the news was announced, and was released on Friday. Technically, Kang is prospect eligible. He doesn’t have 130 at-bats in the majors, which is...

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A Preview of the 2015 Prospect Guide With a Look at Josh Bell’s Future
Dec23

A Preview of the 2015 Prospect Guide With a Look at Josh Bell’s Future

The 2015 Prospect Guide was released last week, featuring Josh Bell on the cover of the book. Bell was our 2014 Player of the Year, and profiles as the first baseman of the future in Pittsburgh, due to a lack of space in the outfield. He was also our number four prospect in the system in our top 50 rankings this year. For those of you who haven’t bought the Prospect Guide before, the book features profiles on every player in the...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench
Dec23

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with the latter catching 78 innings. After that season, it...

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