First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline
Jul19

First Pitch: Why I Don’t Like the Trade Deadline

Earlier today I did a sort of trade deadline preview, although there’s not much to work with this year. The only player that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to was traded tonight when the Angels acquired Huston Street. That’s not something I’d lose sleep over, as the price was very high, as it usually is for closers. In less than two weeks, the trade deadline will have passed. I think it’s going to...

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Prospect Watch: Looking at Adrian Sampson’s Path to the Majors
Jul19

Prospect Watch: Looking at Adrian Sampson’s Path to the Majors

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Looking at the Pirates Trade Needs on a Quiet Market; Should the Deadline Be Moved?
Jul18

Looking at the Pirates Trade Needs on a Quiet Market; Should the Deadline Be Moved?

Is it just me, or has the leadup to the 2014 trade deadline been quiet this year? When a rumor came out last week that the Pittsburgh Pirates were checking on Huston Street, it occurred to me that I hadn’t used the “News and Rumors” section of the site in some time. I looked, and realized that the Street rumor was the first trade rumor of the year. And it came on July 14th. By this time last year, the Pirates had...

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First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders
Jul18

First Pitch: Five Big Questions That Will Determine if the Pirates Will Remain Contenders

The Pittsburgh Pirates will kick off the second half of the season today. They enter the second half with a 49-46 record, sitting 3.5 games out of first place in the NL Central, and 3 games back in the Wild Card race. They’ve got the lowest chances of any of the playoff contenders, but they’re still considered contenders. You can go through any team — contender or not — and you’ll find questions...

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Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Makes Altoona Debut, Cumpton and Glasnow With Strong Outings
Jul17

Prospect Watch: Josh Bell Makes Altoona Debut, Cumpton and Glasnow With Strong Outings

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Joely Rodriguez Moving to the Bullpen in Altoona
Jul17

Joely Rodriguez Moving to the Bullpen in Altoona

Joely Rodriguez came out of the bullpen in Altoona tonight after starting pitcher Orlando Castro went five innings. Altoona is just coming off their All-Star break, so I wanted to confirm that the move wasn’t due to the time off. According to Pirates’ farm director Larry Broadway, Rodriguez will be coming out of the bullpen “for the time being.” Rodriguez has a 4.44 ERA in 99.1 innings this year with Altoona,...

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