First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth
Mar20

First Pitch: Thoughts on Wandy, Volquez, Sanchez, and Depth

I don’t really have a central theme for the night, but have a few thoughts to expand upon today’s articles, along with some thoughts on tonight’s game. **Wandy Rodriguez going four innings tonight was big. The rotation looks much better with Rodriguez looking healthy this year. If he can return and look like he did with the Pirates before his injury, that will be a big boost to the rotation. Brandon Cumpton going 4.2...

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Chris Stewart Has Minor Knee Surgery
Mar19

Chris Stewart Has Minor Knee Surgery

According to Chris Cotillo on Twitter, Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart had a minor procedure done on his knee today and no further surgery is required. Cotillo says that the recovery time is unknown at the time, but he speculates that it could be 4-6 weeks due to the fact it was minor surgery and went well. Stewart injured his right knee on March 12th in a game against the Minnesota Twins That is good news for the Pirates,...

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The Edinson Volquez Experiment Isn’t Looking Good Right Now
Mar19

The Edinson Volquez Experiment Isn’t Looking Good Right Now

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a lot of controversy surrounding their starting rotation this off-season. They declined to make A.J. Burnett a qualifying offer, believing him when he said that he would either return to Pittsburgh or retire. It appears they opted to go for an off-season plan that would have added James Loney at first base and Josh Johnson in the rotation for the same amount as the qualifying offer to Burnett. However, both...

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Polanco and Taillon Make Top 20 Rookie List
Mar19

Polanco and Taillon Make Top 20 Rookie List

Baseball America announced their picks for the top 20 rookies in 2014, with a write-up of what you can expect from each player this season. Two Pittsburgh Pirates players made their list. Gregory Polanco came in at #9, while Jameson Taillon was 16th. This is different from their prospect rankings in that it only considers rookies they expect to play significant roles in the majors this year. For Polanco, they have the same prediction...

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First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?
Mar19

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?

One of the big themes I’ve talked about with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their farm system has been the total lack of a third base prospect. Pedro Alvarez is a Scott Boras client, which means you can forget about a future extension, and pretty much wait for him to hit free agency following the 2016 season. And since the Pirates don’t have an internal option, that’s going to raise a question about who could be the...

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Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base
Mar18

Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base

Last week I reported that Jin-De Jhang would be moving up to Bradenton, solving the issue of having three catching prospects in West Virginia. That left Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen as the catchers in West Virginia, with a possible time split that would favor McGuire. When I talked with Mathisen at the end of mini-camp back in January about the possibility of switching positions, he said he was still expecting to be at catcher,...

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