Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day
Jun24

Cole Tucker Drew First Round Consideration From at Least Five Teams on Draft Day

When the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Cole Tucker with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 draft, it came as a surprise. Tucker wasn’t connected to the Pirates at all leading into the draft. He wasn’t ranked as a guy who could go in the first round. If there’s one person who wasn’t surprised, it was Tucker. “I knew going into the day that I was going to go somewhere in the top 30-40 picks,” Tucker...

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First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense
Jun24

First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates won because of their pitching. The pitching staff as a whole combined for a 3.58 xFIP, which tied the Atlanta Braves for third in the majors, and second in the NL. The offense was middle of the pack, by advanced metrics, with the Pirates ranking 13th in baseball with a 98 wRC+. The actual results under-performed the advanced metrics, leading to the Pirates finishing in the bottom third in runs scored....

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Prospect Watch: Cole Tucker Makes Debut, Bell and Ramirez Extend Hit Streaks
Jun23

Prospect Watch: Cole Tucker Makes Debut, Bell and Ramirez Extend Hit Streaks

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Pirates 23rd Round Pick Released From Tulane Commitment
Jun23

Pirates 23rd Round Pick Released From Tulane Commitment

A week ago I wrote about how Pittsburgh Pirates 23rd round pick Zach Warren was requesting a release from his commitment to Tulane. Warren had committed to Tulane before several changes to the coaching staff, and requested his release as a result of those changes. According to Warren himself, on Twitter, he has been de-committed and released from Tulane. Officially decommitted and released from Tulane… Crazy how things work out...

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First Pitch: The Moves the Pirates Will Have to Make This Week
Jun23

First Pitch: The Moves the Pirates Will Have to Make This Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates will get a boost this week, seeing two of their top players returning. Neil Walker has been a hot hitter this year, and is expected back on Tuesday. Gerrit Cole is expected to re-join the rotation this weekend. That combination means the Pirates will have to make a few moves this week. Those moves could include a decision on Travis Snider or Jose Tabata, and the demotion of one of three starting pitchers who are...

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Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Extends Hit Streak, Neil Walker Joins Bradenton on Rehab
Jun22

Prospect Watch: Harold Ramirez Extends Hit Streak, Neil Walker Joins Bradenton on Rehab

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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