Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Pedro Alvarez
Apr30

Pittsburgh Pirates Positive Regression Candidates: Pedro Alvarez

Yesterday I wrote about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have a lot of players who are primed to regress to the mean in a positive manner. Typically when discussing regression, we talk about how someone won’t be able to keep up their strong performances, and will eventually fade. But it’s also possible for players who are struggling to regress to the mean, and improve their current numbers. That’s the case with a lot of...

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Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage
Apr30

Pirates Look to Improve Offense by Emphasizing On-Base Percentage

Follow @NateBarnes_ Andrew McCutchen stepped to the plate against pitcher Alfredo Simon in the third inning of the Pirates’ April 23 game against the Cincinnati Reds with his team locked in a 1-1 tie. In his first at-bat, McCutchen lined out to center field after three pitches. The MVP’s second plate appearance of the night lasted ten pitches and culminated in a line drive home run into the left field bleachers that traveled over 400...

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Prospect Highlights: Andrew Lambo Breaks Homerless Drought
Apr30

Prospect Highlights: Andrew Lambo Breaks Homerless Drought

Back in late September, Andrew Lambo homered for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Cincinnati Reds. He then had a couple a-bats with the Pirates, went to Winter ball, took part in Spring Training and played 21 games with Indianapolis without hitting another homer. That all changed on Tuesday afternoon and as you will see in the video below, the highlight might be the relief on his face. He was still having a very good season without...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Got Some Good Pitching in April
Apr30

First Pitch: The Pirates Farm System Got Some Good Pitching in April

Back in spring training, I pointed out how the Pittsburgh Pirates had legit pitching prospects for every spot in their full season minor league rotations. By “legit pitching prospects”, I mean guys who have some sort of shot of reaching the majors — whether that’s as a starter, reliever, or just a depth option. Since the spring, a lot has changed. Clay Holmes and Jameson Taillon had Tommy John surgery. Luis...

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits First Home Run, Nick Kingham Struggles
Apr29

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Hits First Home Run, Nick Kingham Struggles

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). 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 #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him...

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Updated MLB.com Draft Prospect Rankings
Apr29

Updated MLB.com Draft Prospect Rankings

The new updated rankings for the top 100 prospects in this draft class were released by MLB.com today. Jim Callis also released an article about some of the top names in the draft class. MLB.com ranked Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie 24th overall, which is where the Pittsburgh Pirates make their first round selection. Luckily this morning, we posted highlight videos of some likely targets for the Pirates and Gillaspie was...

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