Pirates Avoiding Emotional Decisions With Gregory Polanco
Mar14

Pirates Avoiding Emotional Decisions With Gregory Polanco

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned Gregory Polanco to the minors today, which is a move that was expected this Spring, but not a move that everyone wanted to see. Travis Snider and Jose Tabata are no sure things in right field, while Gregory Polanco represents a potential impact player and the future starter at the position. It can be hard at times to back off the excitement of that future potential, and that’s one of the...

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The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball
Mar11

The Art of Pitching: Mastering the Sinkerball

During the first week of Spring Training, I was watching the Major League pitchers doing their daily throwing programs, commonly referred to as long toss. For me, this time period involves snapping pictures for Instagram, waiting for players to start throwing bullpens, and taking notes on what I see the players throwing or working on during their flat ground sessions. On this particular afternoon I noticed Charlie Morton and Brandon...

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First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities
Mar11

First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities

At this point in Spring Training, I think everyone has to expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to go with Andrew Lambo as their starting first baseman. But if there was any hope of adding a first baseman via trade before Spring Training was out, that hope looks to be disappearing. Ike Davis was one of the popular trade options mentioned, but is currently in a walking boot due to a calf injury. He hasn’t played in a game since March...

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First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season
Mar11

First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first cuts of the Spring, which included sending Jameson Taillon to minor league camp. Taillon is the top pitching prospect in the system, and is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh by mid-season. I say “mid-season” not because he needs about two and a half months of Triple-A experience to get ready for the big leagues. I say “mid-season” because there are strong...

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Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap
Mar10

Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap

Ben Badler from Baseball America released his recap of the 2013 signings by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most of the bigger names are released when they sign, but as we saw with Badler’s recap last year, a player like Johan De Jesus could sign for $200,000 and there was no mention of it anywhere. Here is a look at what we know already, with notes below from Badler’s recap. In March, the Pirates signed Jherson Esqueda and...

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The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler
Mar10

The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler

This morning the Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from Major League camp, including three starting pitchers. Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, and Joely Rodriguez were all sent to the minors, which isn’t unexpected, as none of the three were projected to begin the season in Pittsburgh. “The starters that are in Major League camp, that we project to be starters in the minor leagues, they’re the ones that go out the...

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