Kevin Creagh

  • Analysis
    Those Who Do Not Learn From History…

    The Astros are on the clock for the 1-1 pick in the 2012 draft.  They have a new owner and a new General Manager, with both looking to put their imprint on the team.  According to Jim Callis of Baseball America (subscription needed), the Astros' scouts are imploring the front office to draft...

  • Analysis
    A Near-Certainty For The 2012 Draft

    There's been a lot of debate lately about who the Pirates should take at the 1-8 position of the 2012 draft.  Should they take the light-hitting Marrero, who is a near-lock to stay at SS?  What if Carlos Correa falls into their lap?  How does Max Fried (I think he was a...

  • Analysis
    How Times Have Changed

    While sifting through Fangraphs' sortable data on Pirates pitchers for a possible upcoming piece, I got all the way back to the 1993 Pittsburgh Pirates' staff.  There was a name that caught my eye, John Hope, and a flicker of recognition started in the deep recesses of my gray matter.  I wasn't into...

  • Analysis
    West Virginia Has A Power Hitting OF After All

    If I told you at the start of the 2012 season that a West Virginia Power corner OF had a triple slash line of .304/.351/.528 (879 OPS, 224 ISO), you would be ecstatic that Josh Bell was having such a great breakout season. But Josh Bell has been out since April 24 after surgery...

  • Analysis
    The Rise of The Altoona Four

    Like any good superhero trilogy, the first movie introduces the viewer to the heroes.  By the end of the movie, the team is united and ready to fight evil.  However, the second movie usually introduces some type of conflict, whether internal or external, that challenges the team and makes them all question...

  • International News
    Potential Loopholes to the International Signing Period

    Baseball America discusses how teams may potentially circumvent the international spending cap starting this July 2nd.

  • Analysis
    This Is Not Fantasy Baseball

    I'm a recovering addict.  (Hi, Kevin.)  I've been clean for 4 years now.  I was addicted to...fantasy baseball and football. In my leagues, there was always a guy that would wait for an injury to happen and then pounce on that owner like a lion on a wounded gazelle in the Sarengeti. ...

  • Analysis
    The Encouraging Attendance Numbers

    Heading into Friday night's game, the Pirates had played 9 home games in 2012.  Their average attendance in those 9 games (tied for fewest in MLB with Seattle) was 22,577, good for 23rd overall in the league and 15th of 16 National League teams. So why did I title this post "encouraging"?...

  • International News
    The Viability of an International Draft

    Is a truly blended worldwide draft in the near future for Major League Baseball?

  • Analysis
    Walker and McCutchen’s Power Outage

    With April 2012 now come and gone, Andrew McCutchen enters May with zero home runs.  This marks the first month in his career that he has not hit at least one home run.  Additionally, McCutchen has no triples and only 6 doubles.  The fewest extra base hits McCutchen has previously ever had in...

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