Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem
Oct10

Pirates Off-Season Preview: Burnett, First Base, and the Walker Problem

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the playoffs this year, and will largely be keeping the same team together next year. When you add in the continued improvements from young players, and the expected mid-season additions of prospects like Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco, then you’ve got a team that has the potential to be strong once again next year. Because of this, there aren’t a lot of things the Pirates need to focus on...

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First Pitch: 2013 is Just the Beginning for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Oct10

First Pitch: 2013 is Just the Beginning for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Tonight Gerrit Cole pitched Game 5 of the NLDS. He wasn’t on the Opening Day roster. He joined the team mid-season. He didn’t look like an ace until the final month of the year. Next year the Pirates have Gerrit Cole for a full season, and hopefully at the level he’s been pitching over the last season. Starling Marte had a 4.6 WAR in his first full season in the majors. Andrew McCutchen had a 3.5 WAR in his first...

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The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates — A Success Story
Oct09

The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates — A Success Story

Success is a subjective term. It can have many meanings, depending on what you consider “successful”. When it comes to baseball, you can use different milestones to mark success. One milestone I’ve never liked is the idea that the only successful team is the one that wins the World Series. The goal for every team is to win the World Series, and only one team can win each year. But other teams can have a successful...

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AFL Recap: Jameson Taillon Looks Good in Season Opener
Oct09

AFL Recap: Jameson Taillon Looks Good in Season Opener

The Arizona Fall League season began Tuesday night with Jameson Taillon getting the Opening Day nod for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent seven players to the league and the three top prospects among that group were in the starting lineup. Another two Pirates players would get into the game before the night was done. Jameson Taillon gave up a lead-off single, followed by a stolen base on the next pitch. He...

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Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson Highlight Arizona Fall League Preview
Oct08

Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson Highlight Arizona Fall League Preview

The Arizona Fall League schedule gets underway on Tuesday and the Pittsburgh Pirates will have seven players take part in the league, including two of their top prospects, Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson. The AFL is a six team league that runs through the middle of November and each team will play a 31 game schedule. The Pirates players are assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the East Division. Scottsdale will also have prospects...

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Gerrit Cole Will Start For the Pirates in Game Five
Oct07

Gerrit Cole Will Start For the Pirates in Game Five

The big question about a potential game five was whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would start Gerrit Cole instead of A.J. Burnett. Burnett struggled on the road in St. Louis in Game 1, while Cole dominated the Cardinals in Game 2. Both will be available on normal rest for Game 5 on Wednesday, and after Michael Wacha mowed down the Pirates today, there will be a Game 5. Clint Hurdle announced after the game today that Gerrit Cole would...

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