First Pitch: A Trade Doesn’t Make Sense For Pirates in This Seller’s Market
Jul29

First Pitch: A Trade Doesn’t Make Sense For Pirates in This Seller’s Market

The MLB trade deadline is just a few days away. The rumor mill has been heating up lately, but we’re still at the point where nothing is really happening, and so many teams are stuck in no-man’s land, wondering if they should buy, sell, or stay put. The few teams who are sellers will take advantage of an extreme seller’s market. I’ve been writing about this over the weekend, noting the big prices being paid for...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer
Jul29

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Pirates Reportedly Could Get In On Jon Lester Talks
Jul29

Pirates Reportedly Could Get In On Jon Lester Talks

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that a couple of baseball executives think the Pirates could get in on the Jon Lester trade talks. A couple of baseball executives think the Pirates may get into Jon Lester trade talks with Red Sox. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 29, 2014 Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to dealing Lester and John Lackey “for the right returns.” Source: #RedSox open to...

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Pirates Continue Scouting Phillies and Now Looking at Marlon Byrd
Jul28

Pirates Continue Scouting Phillies and Now Looking at Marlon Byrd

We’ve heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting a lot of players on the Philadelphia Phillies. A.J. Burnett has been the big name, and that continued tonight, as they were one of a few teams in attendance tonight for Burnett’s start against the Mets and Bartolo Colon. Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Braves have scouts at tonight's Bartolo Colon vs A.J. Burnett start. @FOXSports1 — Jon Morosi...

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Top 10 Pitchers: Can Rafael Perez Be a Lefty Option For the Pirates Out of the Bullpen?
Jul28

Top 10 Pitchers: Can Rafael Perez Be a Lefty Option For the Pirates Out of the Bullpen?

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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