The 2012 Prospect Guide eBook is Available

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide is now available for purchase in eBook form. The eBook is sold through our publisher, and not on the site. The price is the same as the regular version, $20.00, and all of the contents are the same. There is a benefit to the eBook being sold through the publisher. They often give discount codes which you can use towards the book. The discounts come from the publisher, and not from our cut of...

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The Potential Value of a Local TV Contract

What is the potential value of a local TV contract for the Pirates in relation to other markets?

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What Compensation Picks Will the Pirates Receive?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to receive as many as two free agent compensation picks in the 2012 draft. They received one for losing Ryan Doumit to the Minnesota Twins, and are likely to receive another pick once Derrek Lee signs with another team. It’s impossible to know the exact location of the picks at this point. There are still some un-signed free agents who could change the draft order. However, we’re close...

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Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don’t usually get a lot of attention due to the fact that they probably won’t yield help in the future for big league players. Lost in all of that is the importance that organizational players can play to the system. The...

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The Pirates Need Another Starting Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates made one addition to their starting rotation this off-season, adding Erik Bedard to a one year deal. Their rotation heading in to the year looks decent, with Jeff Karstens, Charlie Morton, and James McDonald all looking like locks for the rotation. They also have Kevin Correia and Brad Lincoln as the top options for the fifth starter role. That group doesn’t have an ace, but has a few guys who qualify as...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Spring Training Tracker

Spring Training doesn’t start until the middle of February, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are already getting their roster ready with minor league contracts and non-roster invitees.  Today we launched the 2012 Spring Training Tracker. For now it can be used to keep track of all of the non-roster invitees. The tracker has some early estimates on how many position battles there will be, and the breakdown of each position battle. It’s...

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