Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft
Oct15

Pirates Have a Lot of Talented Pitchers Available in the 2014 Draft

Baseball America has released their first top 50 list for the 2014 draft class. This comes with the usual disclaimer that so much can change between now and the actual draft next June. That’s even true when it comes to the pre-season rankings. As an example, the pre-season 2013 rankings had Kris Bryant 12th (he went 2nd overall), Jonathan Gray unranked in the top 50 (he went 3rd overall), and Kohl Stewart ranked 18th (he went...

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2013 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct15

2013 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

For the second year in a row, Indianapolis was dominant in the International League, making the post-season with ease. However, the Pirates were competitive for the second year in a row, and as a result the top performers in Indianapolis were all playing for Pittsburgh by the end of the season. The Pirates probably wouldn’t have been as competitive if it wasn’t for the depth from Triple-A throughout the year. Here are the...

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Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin
Oct14

Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin

Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has been replaced on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster by right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin. No word yet on why Taillon was removed. Irwin was originally scheduled to go to the AFL, but was held back in the Fall Instructional League. The last I heard on Irwin’s status, he was pitching in instructs, and his remaining off-season work would be TBD. Taillon only threw two innings...

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Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects
Oct14

Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2013 Eastern League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Nick Kingham were all ranked, with the latter two playing the second half of the season at the level. Taillon was ranked sixth overall in the league, and the third best pitcher. Baseball America noted that his changeup improved to the point that some rate it...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base
Oct14

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Second Base

The most notable thing about Neil Walker’s season might end up being the fact that he went 0-for-19 in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a poor finish to a decent season for Walker as the starting second baseman. This is the third full season that Walker has been the starter at second, and he has emerged as an average to slightly above average option. The hometown player put up a 2.7 WAR, which tied with two...

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Could the Pirates Have a $100 M Payroll in 2014?
Oct13

Could the Pirates Have a $100 M Payroll in 2014?

Today I finished putting together the 2014 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate  of the year-end 2014 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is made up of three things. First we have the...

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