Matt Bandi

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    The unstoppable, inaccurate narrative surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates

    One of the most common misconceptions about the Pittsburgh Pirates is that they have an extensive history of developing good baseball players and then trading them once they reach their prime and become expensive. I have written about this myth in the past, but I figured now would be a good time...

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    Average full-time player statistics by position – 2011

    Crosby started five games at 1B for the 2010 Pirates - Matt Bandi, Pirates ProspectsOver at Baseball-Reference, it is very easy to find league average offensive numbers broken down by position. This is convenient if, for example, you would like to see how a fringe everyday player such as Garrett Jones compared...

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    Did Starling Marte make a mechanical adjustment over the offseason?

    Photo: Pittsburgh PiratesComing into spring training, I had seen Starling Marte bat fewer than ten times. In those plate appearances (all in 2011), he had not looked very good. He was aggressive, swinging early in the count without waiting for a good pitch to hit. His swing was all arms and did...

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    Jeremy Hellickson, BABIP, and the divide between playing and analyzing

    In yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin talked with Jeremy Hellickson and Rays manager Joe Maddon about Hellickson’s insanely low .223 Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) allowed in 2011. This has been a continuing discussion in Rays-land over the offseason, as many have questioned Hellickson’s ability to sustain his 2011...

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    Tony Sanchez’s receiving ability

    Mike Fast, who is now working for the Houston Astros, published research on catcher pitch-framing over at Baseball Prospectus last September. It is a fascinating article and does not require a BP subscription, so I would encourage you to read it if you have not yet done so. Fast analyzed PITCHf/x data...

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    Piecing together the puzzle

    With the news of Andrew McCutchen’s contract extension breaking very early Monday morning, the Pirates gained an additional three years of control over the clear top talent on the team. That makes this as good a time as any to take a very simplified visual look at how the club’s future roster...

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    Proud Again: Live-blogging the early 1990’s Pirates

    Beginning at 7 PM tonight, I am watching the 1988, 1990 and 1991 Pirates highlight videos. I will live-blog the event here, and I hope you will join me as I relive the most successful teams of my lifetime. For a detailed report on how these teams were built, be sure to...

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    Live-blogging the early 1990’s Pirates

    The first batch of 2012 Annuals is currently on its way to Tim's doorstep, and should start shipping by the weekend. The section of the book that I enjoyed working on the most was easily the story of the early 1990's Pirates teams. Beginning with Syd Thrift's discovery of undrafted free agent...

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    Pirates starting pitchers – K% and BB%

    Here is a visual look at how the Pirates’ starting pitchers compared to the rest of the league in strikeout and walk rates last season. This graph shows every pitcher that threw at least 100 innings in 2011. The two lines mark the average rates for this particular group of pitchers, which...

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    A quick note on the 2012 Annual

    The Pirates placed shortstop Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list this morning, making room for newly-acquired A.J. Burnett on the 40-man roster. With that roster move, the Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual was finalized and will soon be off to the publisher. I wanted to take a moment and thank all of...

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