Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award
Dec24

Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Gets Drafted For Playoffs, Treanor Picks Up Award

The Dominican League wrapped up play on Sunday, so action in winter ball was very light on Monday, but there was some news related to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dean Treanor was named the Manager of the Year for guiding Estrellas de Oriente to a 32-18 record and first place in the league. It is his third time winning the award. Treanor has managed the Pirates AAA club in Indianapolis the last four years. On the field on Monday in...

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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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Pirates Sign Pitcher Adam Miller
Dec23

Pirates Sign Pitcher Adam Miller

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Adam Miller to a minor league contract. He was once a highly touted prospect, although he was drafted in 2003 and has not pitched in the majors yet. The 30-year-old Miller spent 2014 in the Cleveland Indians farm system, where he had a 5.44 ERA in 28 relief appearances for AA Akron. He also pitched one scoreless inning in AAA. He had 45 strikeouts...

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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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Contract Details For Corey Hart
Dec22

Contract Details For Corey Hart

Jon Heyman posted a tweet with Corey Hart’s contract details. We already knew that Hart was going to make $2.5 M in base salary and could earn that same amount in incentives, but those incentives weren’t announced until today. He will make an extra $250K if he reaches 350 plate appearances and then for every 25 PA after that(375, 400 and 425) he will get another $250K. He then has five chances to make an extra $1.5M total...

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