Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team
Oct28

Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team

Baseball America released their All-Rookie team for the 2013 season, and Gerrit Cole was named as one of the top five starters. That’s not a surprise, as Cole was fantastic in his rookie campaign, especially during the month of September when he started looking like an ace. The other four starters were Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Julio Teheran. BA noted that Cole’s average velocity of 95.5 MPH ranked...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field
Oct28

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field

During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They traded for Travis Snider last year at the deadline. Jose Tabata was returning, with inconsistent production under his belt. They had Alex Presley on...

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Winter Leagues: Polanco Picks Up Another Hit, Rojas Makes Debut
Oct28

Winter Leagues: Polanco Picks Up Another Hit, Rojas Makes Debut

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday with a double in five AB’s. Despite the hitting streak, he has gone 3-for-13 in his last three games with five strikeouts. He is hitting .394 in 33 AB’s, just two less AB’s than he had all of last Winter in the Dominican. Carlos Paulino went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday. He was making his fourth start and he is currently...

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2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct25

2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The 2013 season was the first year for the Pirates in Jamestown, after ending their relationship with the State College Spikes over the 2012-13 off-season. Jamestown featured a lot of talented young players this year, although the makeup was a bit different from what State College was used to seeing. The pitchers were still young, but many of them were right out of college, rather than high school players from the previous...

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Martin, Marte, and McCutchen are Gold Glove Finalists
Oct25

Martin, Marte, and McCutchen are Gold Glove Finalists

Rawlings announced the finalists for the 2013 NL Gold Glove awards today, and the Pirates had three players in contention. Russell Martin, Starling Marte, and Andrew McCutchen were all finalists at their positions. Russell Martin was one of three finalists at catcher. The other two finalists this year are A.J. Ellis of the Dodgers, and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals. Martin won a Gold Glove in 2007 with the Los Angeles Dodgers....

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First Pitch: What Would the Pirates Do?
Oct24

First Pitch: What Would the Pirates Do?

Last night I wrote about how the Tampa Bay Rays were the model franchise in baseball. In the comments, a few people talked about how the Pirates should strive to be the model franchise. This is definitely true. I mention the Rays so often because they’ve been the most successful small market team. They’ve done this by using small market strategies, such as valuing young players and prospects, trading players at the right...

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