Bob Nutting on the 2014 Pirates, TV Deals, Prospects and Trade Deadline
Feb19

Bob Nutting on the 2014 Pirates, TV Deals, Prospects and Trade Deadline

Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting met with the team and coaches today, discussing his expectations. After the meeting he met with the media to discuss his conversation with the players, along with other topics. “It is different this year,” Nutting said on the team meeting. “As we’re talking about the level of expectation…we’ve achieved so much as an organization, we’re in a stronger place...

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Andrew Lambo Doing Defensive Drills at First Base (Video)
Feb19
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First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future
Feb19

First Pitch: A Glimpse at the Future

**Earlier today I wrote about Gregory Polanco and some of the defensive adjustments he made last year while he was in Bradenton. Polanco said that adjustment helped him to become a more complete outfielder. Everyone has questions about prospects, even the safe bets like Polanco. For me, Polanco becomes less of a question mark because of his skills in the outfield, and his speed. Those are two skills that translate to every level, and...

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It’s Getting Stolmy Down in Bradenton (Video)
Feb18
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Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X
Feb18

Spring Training Notes: The Pirates Have a Program Similar to Field F/X

In the last week I’ve written twice about how the Pittsburgh Pirates plan on utilizing outfield defensive shifts more often in 2014. Clint Hurdle initially talked about it last week, and I spoke with Neal Huntington about the topic, with Huntington noting that this would be different than their approach from a few years ago with outfield shifts. It appears that one big difference will come via new technology. Yesterday Hurdle...

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Why Gregory Polanco Feels Like a More Complete Outfielder Now
Feb18

Why Gregory Polanco Feels Like a More Complete Outfielder Now

Gregory Polanco is not a prospect who has a lot of flaws in his game. He hits for average, has some power, good plate discipline, has a ton of speed, runs the bases well, and has a strong arm and a ton of range in the outfield. If there’s one flaw I saw when watching him during the 2013 season, it was his struggles with running routes. Polanco covers a ton of ground in the outfield, and does fine going left to right. However, he...

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