First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense
Jun30

First Pitch: The Pirates 2014 Draft is Making More Sense

When it comes to draft analysis, the first look at the draft is never final. The second look isn’t final either. Evaluating a draft is a constant process, changing for better or worse as new information comes along. Earlier this month, I wrote that I didn’t like the draft the Pittsburgh Pirates had. That was rare, as I’ve liked a lot of the drafts they’ve had under Neal Huntington and company. I did write about...

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Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Amazing Start in Triple-A
Jun30

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Amazing Start in Triple-A

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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DSL Pirates Report: Luis Escobar Shows Improvements, While Another Pitcher is Out For the Season
Jun29

DSL Pirates Report: Luis Escobar Shows Improvements, While Another Pitcher is Out For the Season

The DSL Pirates have struggled as a group this year, posting an 8-17 record. They snapped a nine game losing streak on Friday and won again on Saturday, so week four ended on a good note. The starting pitching was very consistent this week, with no starter allowing more than two earned runs in any of the six games. The offense scored just four runs in the first three games, then put up 23 runs in the last three. We start off with some...

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Prospect Report: Andy Oliver adjusts to closer role
Jun29

Prospect Report: Andy Oliver adjusts to closer role

For nearly his entire career, the only thing keeping Andy Oliver from being a successful Major League pitcher is control. This struggle continued early this season, as he walked 10 hitters in his first eight game, including five in his first two appearances. After starting the season in relief, Oliver has finally settled into a role that has treated him well as of late. Since moving into the closer role on May 29, Oliver has seen a...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Second Half Pitching Depth
Jun29

First Pitch: The Pirates Second Half Pitching Depth

A big reason why the Pittsburgh Pirates were successful last season was due to their pitching staff, and more specifically, the depth of their staff. Every time a starting pitcher went down, someone was there to step in and keep the team afloat. The depth in 2014 has also been strong, although the story isn’t exactly the same for the guys that are being replaced. The Opening Day rotation included Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole,...

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Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks
Jun28

Prospect Watch: Offensive Outburst From Jamestown, Bell, Frazier and Ramirez Continue Hit Streaks

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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