Stetson Allie Close to Joining Altoona; McPherson, Worley, Meadows Updates
Apr02

Stetson Allie Close to Joining Altoona; McPherson, Worley, Meadows Updates

Earlier today I reported that Chris Stewart is hoping to play his first game on Friday down in extended Spring Training, along with an update on his rehab progress. Here are some updates from other players who are currently in extended Spring Training down in Bradenton. **Stetson Allie is close to finishing his rehab and heading out to join the Altoona Curve. Allie was held back in extended Spring Training due to his oblique injury....

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Pirates Still Top Farm System in Baseball America’s Updated Rankings
Apr02

Pirates Still Top Farm System in Baseball America’s Updated Rankings

Baseball America has posted their updated rankings of the top farm systems in baseball and the Pittsburgh Pirates still top the list. The Pirates were ranked 11th overall in 2012 and they moved up four spots for the 2013 list. Baseball America had seven Pittsburgh Pirates players in their top 100 prospect list. Earlier in the off-season, we heard that the Pirates were the top ranked system according to Baseball America, but that could...

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International and Amateur Draft Bonus Numbers Released
Apr02

International and Amateur Draft Bonus Numbers Released

Jim Callis has posted the bonus pool amounts for the 2014 amateur draft and international signings. Due to their finish in the standings, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in the bottom 1/3 of each list. For the draft pool, the Pirates will have $5,606,100 to spend on their picks in the first ten rounds combined. That ranks them 21st overall. The Pirates pick 24th overall and they also have a competitive balance pick after the second round....

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First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?
Apr02

First Pitch: What Happens to Players Who Don’t Make Minor League Rosters?

The rosters are out for three of the four Pittsburgh Pirates full season minor league affiliates. The only roster remaining is the West Virginia Power. In the process of announcing rosters, some names get left off the list, with questions about where the player is expected to play. If it’s an injury, then we usually have that information in the article when the rosters are released. But some players are just stuck in...

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The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls
Apr01

The New Revenue in MLB Didn’t Lead to a Big Increase in Payrolls

All off-season there was discussion about the new money that was coming into Major League Baseball. The amounts vary, but most sources had each team getting an additional $20 M in revenues each year, starting in 2014. This led to the idea that teams would be seeing a major increase in payroll starting in 2014. USA Today has released their Opening Day payrolls for the 2014 season, which allows us to compare those payrolls to the 2013...

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First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond
Apr01

First Pitch: Two Things That Will Keep the Pirates Contending in 2014 and Beyond

In previous years, I always opened the season with an article titled “[Number] Things to Watch For in [Year].” The number would always coincide with the consecutive losing streak. If the Pirates had lost 17 years in a row going into a season, then the number that year would be 18. And of course the year was the upcoming season. In the early years during the rebuild, the point of the article was to highlight things to watch...

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