Minor League Depth — First Base

“Firstbase prospect” isn’t a concept that’s highly popular with scouts. They tend to dislike players who are limited to first for a several reasons. One is that such a player has to hit extremely well to advance. Another is that athleticism does matter for hitters, so in many cases a player lacking it may not hit as well as needed at higher levels. A player with any athleticism at all will usually play a more challenging position in...

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Minor League Depth — Catcher

This is the first of a series covering the Pirates’ minor league depth position by position. The idea is to take a look at the players the system has available at a position, level by level. No organization has prospects at every position and every level. It’s interesting to see just how well the Pirates are covered at each spot by players who at least have some chance to turn into major leaguers, and how many spots will have to be...

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The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Infields Ever

SEE ALSO: The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever Determining the best Pirate infield ever is mainly a matter of figuring out how to delineate the various infields that Honus Wagner was a part of.  He dominated the game in his day like few other players have dominated it.  Not only that, but during his prime, which lasted through 1912, the Pirates generally surrounded him with good players. Still, the Pirates have had some other...

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The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever

Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields.  No, really.  Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interesting to try to determine which ones were the best. As a measure, I decided to use Wins Above Replacement (WAR), specifically the version found at Fangraphs.  Not that WAR is the be-all and end-all for...

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Pirates Set to Downgrade 90-Loss Team

The Pirates in 2011 improved from 105 losses to 90, certainly a significant step forward even though they remain a bad team.  With the playoffs still underway, however, they’ve made it clear that they intend to move quickly backward toward another 100-odd losses in 2012.  It’s long been known that they don’t intend to exercise catcher Ryan Doumit’s two-year, $15.5M option.  Team President Frank Coonelly has now added the news that the...

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