First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities
Mar11

First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities

At this point in Spring Training, I think everyone has to expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to go with Andrew Lambo as their starting first baseman. But if there was any hope of adding a first baseman via trade before Spring Training was out, that hope looks to be disappearing. Ike Davis was one of the popular trade options mentioned, but is currently in a walking boot due to a calf injury. He hasn’t played in a game since March...

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First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season
Mar11

First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season

Earlier today the Pittsburgh Pirates made their first cuts of the Spring, which included sending Jameson Taillon to minor league camp. Taillon is the top pitching prospect in the system, and is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh by mid-season. I say “mid-season” not because he needs about two and a half months of Triple-A experience to get ready for the big leagues. I say “mid-season” because there are strong...

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Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap
Mar10

Pirates 2013 International Signing Recap

Ben Badler from Baseball America released his recap of the 2013 signings by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Most of the bigger names are released when they sign, but as we saw with Badler’s recap last year, a player like Johan De Jesus could sign for $200,000 and there was no mention of it anywhere. Here is a look at what we know already, with notes below from Badler’s recap. In March, the Pirates signed Jherson Esqueda and...

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The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler
Mar10

The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler

This morning the Pittsburgh Pirates cut six players from Major League camp, including three starting pitchers. Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, and Joely Rodriguez were all sent to the minors, which isn’t unexpected, as none of the three were projected to begin the season in Pittsburgh. “The starters that are in Major League camp, that we project to be starters in the minor leagues, they’re the ones that go out the...

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Pirates Cut Six Players, Including Jameson Taillon
Mar10

Pirates Cut Six Players, Including Jameson Taillon

The Pirates have cut six players this morning. The following 40 man players have been optioned to the minors. Alen Hanson (Altoona) Casey Sadler (Indianapolis) Joely Rodriguez (Altoona) The Pirates have also reassigned the following players to minor league camp. Matt Hague Carlos Paulino Jameson Taillon

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First Pitch: Clint Hurdle’s Awareness of the Minor League System
Mar10

First Pitch: Clint Hurdle’s Awareness of the Minor League System

There’s a perception with Clint Hurdle that he prefers veterans over rookies, and might not trust prospects. That often comes up in situations where he won’t play a certain prospect, or will go with a struggling veteran over a younger player who might be able to help in the short-term and long-term. I’ve had this perception of Hurdle at times, but the more you look at his actions, the more it looks like he’s...

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