2013 Draft Picks JaCoby Jones, Adam Frazier, and Erich Weiss BP (Video)
Mar03

2013 Draft Picks JaCoby Jones, Adam Frazier, and Erich Weiss BP (Video)

JaCoby Jones, CF – 3rd round pick out of LSU. Signed for slot ($612,000). Very athletic player who played center field and shortstop in his pro debut before going down for the season with a knee injury. The injury isn’t expected to limit his positional availability in the future. High upside guy/breakout candidate. Adam Frazier, SS – 6th round pick out of Mississippi State. Signed for slot ($240,600). Can play second...

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The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers
Mar03

The Four Hidden Wins the Pirates Are Getting From Their Catchers

There has been a lot of talk the last few years about pitch framing for catchers, along with the importance of blocking skills. In the last year this has become a big topic for the Pirates, due to the signing of Russell Martin, who is rated one of the best pitch framers in the game. Despite the realization of the value of pitch framing and blocking, we haven’t really had an accurate way of calculating the actual value of a good...

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First Pitch: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates
Mar03

First Pitch: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates

The Major League Baseball draft doesn’t allow you to go over your total bonus pool without some extreme penalties. These include the loss of future draft picks, as well as a 100 percent tax on the overage. If there was any team wondering if an individual player was worth those penalties, all they need to do is look at what happened with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mark Appel. Appel was the top prospect in the 2012 draft, but fell...

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Pirates Top Ten Prospect Harold Ramirez Taking BP (Video)
Mar02
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Pirates Scouting First Baseman Mike Carp
Mar02

Pirates Scouting First Baseman Mike Carp

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting first baseman Mike Carp of the Boston Red Sox. He also mentions that the Milwaukee Brewers have been looking at Carp. Early in the off-season, there were a lot of teams interested in Carp, but the Red Sox were asking a lot in return. Carp would give the Pirates a 27-year-old lefty first baseman with three years of control left. He is due to make...

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Austin Meadows: A Luxury For an Organization Loaded With Quality Outfielders
Mar02

Austin Meadows: A Luxury For an Organization Loaded With Quality Outfielders

The Pittsburgh Pirates have no shortage of quality outfielders. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte at the major league level, with Gregory Polanco on the way to possibly provide the best outfield trio in the majors. They’ve got top prospects in the minor leagues, beyond Polanco, who could either shift to first base, serve as depth/eventual replacements for the big three, or be used as a trade chip if needed....

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