Pirates Prospects Has a New Logo
Mar07

Pirates Prospects Has a New Logo

Last week I started a contest, looking for submissions for a new Pirates Prospects logo. I received a lot of very good submissions, and thank everyone who put something together for the contest. The winning logo was submitted earlier this week, but immediately became my favorite, and that didn’t change as the week went on. I asked various people for their opinions on the top submissions, and the logo selected was an unanimous...

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First Look at Jen-Lei Liao, a 6′ 6″, 264 Pound Pitcher From Taiwan (Video)
Mar07

First Look at Jen-Lei Liao, a 6′ 6″, 264 Pound Pitcher From Taiwan (Video)

The Pirates signed Jen-Lei Liao out of Taiwan this off-season. I saw Liao throwing a bullpen during minor league camp on Wednesday. He’s a 20-year old pitcher who has a huge frame, at 6′ 6″, 264 pounds. The Pirates have taken plenty of pitchers out of the draft with similar frames, and they’ve had success with several of those guys. The approach with Liao will be the same — improve his control, and get him to maximize his frame....

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First Pitch: The Typical Development Path For Pirates Pitching Prospects
Mar07

First Pitch: The Typical Development Path For Pirates Pitching Prospects

Earlier today I wrote about how Clay Holmes looks to be following the Nick Kingham path. Holmes didn’t have the best numbers on the season in 2013 in West Virginia, and had some bad control numbers. But if you look closer, he improved in the second half, cutting down on the walks and posting strong results in his final two months. That’s a similar story to Kingham, who started slow in West Virginia, quietly dominated down...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With All of Their Pre-Arbitration Players
Mar06

Pirates Agree to Terms With All of Their Pre-Arbitration Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with all 24 of their pre-arbitration players on the 40-man roster, plus Chase d’Arnaud, who agreed to terms prior to being designated for assignment. This is kind of non-news, since the process of “agreeing to terms” with these players involves the Pirates saying “this is what we’re going to pay you this year”. No terms have been announced, and terms...

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Pirates Trying to Work Some Familiar Magic on Daniel Schlereth
Mar06

Pirates Trying to Work Some Familiar Magic on Daniel Schlereth

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a good situation with their left-handed relievers in the majors. Tony Watson looked like one of the best relievers in baseball during the second half of the 2013 season. Justin Wilson put up a 2.08 ERA in his rookie season, although his 3.41 FIP suggests there might be some regression going forward. With that combo, the Pirates don’t have any questions about who will be their left-handers in the...

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Clay Holmes Following the Nick Kingham Path
Mar06

Clay Holmes Following the Nick Kingham Path

The Pittsburgh Pirates have plenty of top pitching prospects in their system. Gerrit Cole made the jump to the majors in 2013, and was looking like an ace by the end of the season. Jameson Taillon is expected to make that same jump in 2014. Tyler Glasnow broke onto the scene as a potential top of the rotation guy in 2013, and could be up as early as mid-2015, depending on how well he does with his command in the upper levels. Beyond...

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