Pirates Prospects 2012 Draft Top 100 Tiered Rankings

You may know this by now, but I don’t really like numbered rankings. I feel they’re misleading, as they give the impression that there can be a huge gap between someone ranked 9th overall and someone ranked 20th overall. They can also give the impression that a small gap exists between someone ranked 7th and 8th, when in reality, that could be the start of a drop off in talent. When it comes to the MLB Draft, and following...

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Offensive Help From the Farm System: The 2012 Edition

Yesterday I pointed out why it is unlikely for a trade to be made this early in the season. I felt the article was straight forward enough: trades don’t usually happen this early, so don’t hold out hope that one will be made. Some translated “trades aren’t likely” as “trades never happen” or “the Pirates shouldn’t try”. The Pirates should absolutely try — they just...

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Why A Trade Isn’t Likely at This Point in the Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates need offensive help. Their offense is the worst in the majors. I could go in to detail with talk of how they’re on pace for a record low in runs, how they have the most strikeouts of any team, and so on. But I’ll keep it simple and just say that the offense has been very bad. The immediate reaction in this type of situation is always going to be a call for a change. That call is usually going to be...

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Scouting Will Be Important in Draft, As Pirates Don’t Anticipate Going Over-Slot

The Major League Baseball draft is three weeks away. The Pittsburgh Pirates pick eighth overall, which is the first time they’ve picked outside of the top four since 2005, when the club selected Andrew McCutchen with the 11th overall choice. In the past two years under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have had some easy decisions. They had their choice of any player in the draft last year, opting for Gerrit Cole. The year before...

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What Solutions Can the Pirates Make on Offense?

While the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff has been impressive this season, the offense has struggled to score runs. Their 100 runs scored is ranked dead last in the Majors this season. They are near the bottom in other offensive categories. Their .222 average is ranked 22nd, while their .274 OBP and .345 SLG are both ranked 30th. The Pirates are coming off three straight wins, which is the first time this season they have won three...

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Gerrit Cole Live Report: 5/6/12

Gerrit Cole made his 6th start as a pro on Sunday against the Tampa Yankees. His overall numbers were good but not great: 5 innings, 80 pitches (56 strikes), 2 runs, 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts. Cole was throwing all his pitches for strikes. He was consistently ahead in the count. I don’t believe he went 2-0 on any batter, and was only 2-1 on 2 batters. After the first couple of batters in the game (both of which resulted in...

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