The Non-Negotiables the Pirates Have For Their Major League Pitchers
Feb15

The Non-Negotiables the Pirates Have For Their Major League Pitchers

On Wednesday, I wrote about how we might need to change the way we currently value pitchers. Despite all of the focus on the impacts of park factors, defense, defensive shifts, and pitch framing, the general outlook on pitchers is that the skill comes first, and the outside factors are just complementary additions or subtractions that don’t make a substantial difference. In the article linked above, I pointed out how A.J....

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Jameson Taillon Throwing a Bullpen to Russell Martin (Video)
Feb14

Jameson Taillon Throwing a Bullpen to Russell Martin (Video)

Jameson Taillon threw a bullpen today at Pirate City, pitching to Russell Martin. Taillon started from the windup, then moved to the stretch later in the session, and threw all of his pitches. The command on the curve looked spotty at times, but I generally don’t pass too much judgement on how a pitcher looks this early during Spring Training. If you missed it earlier, check out our video of Wandy Rodriguez throwing his bullpen...

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Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates
Feb14

Outfield Defensive Shifts Might be the Next Big Thing for the Pirates

Last year we focused on the defensive shifts that were employed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, aimed at getting better results for their ground ball heavy pitchers. James Santelli broke it down last summer, and pointed out the impact the shifts were having on the overall success of the team. As a side note, that article by James has been nominated for a SABR award, and the details to vote for the article can be found here. The Pirates...

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Wandy Rodriguez Gives Good News After First Bullpen (Video)
Feb14

Wandy Rodriguez Gives Good News After First Bullpen (Video)

Wandy Rodriguez threw his first bullpen of Spring Training, throwing 28 pitches. After the day was over, Rodriguez met with the media, and before any questions were asked, he offered up a comment. “I have good news for you guys. After my bullpen I felt nothing, so I feel very good,” Rodriguez said. The lefty used all of his pitches today, throwing a few curveballs at the end. He only threw three or four, with the plan to...

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Spring Training Notes: Burnett Reactions, Martin, Volquez, Wandy, Health
Feb14

Spring Training Notes: Burnett Reactions, Martin, Volquez, Wandy, Health

The Pirates opened Spring Training yesterday with the first workouts for pitchers and catchers. For all of our Spring Training coverage from yesterday and the rest of the Spring, check out the Spring Training page on the site. Below are the leftovers from day one, along with some video and a great quote from Russell Martin on the team’s chances in 2014. A.J. Burnett Reactions Russell Martin reacting to A.J. Burnett signing with...

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First Pitch: An Important Part of Every Team That Rarely Gets Discussed
Feb14

First Pitch: An Important Part of Every Team That Rarely Gets Discussed

Spring Training kicked off today, which means that all of the focus will be on one thing: the Opening Day 25-man roster. This always gets a huge focus at the start of the year, and probably much more of a focus than it should. The baseball season is six months long, and the Opening Day roster is usually intact for about two weeks, at-most, before changes occur. Injuries happen. Players don’t perform as expected. Certain players...

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