First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?
Mar19

First Pitch: Do the Pirates Have Their Third Baseman of the Future?

One of the big themes I’ve talked about with the Pittsburgh Pirates and their farm system has been the total lack of a third base prospect. Pedro Alvarez is a Scott Boras client, which means you can forget about a future extension, and pretty much wait for him to hit free agency following the 2016 season. And since the Pirates don’t have an internal option, that’s going to raise a question about who could be the...

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Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base
Mar18

Wyatt Mathisen Moving to Third Base

Last week I reported that Jin-De Jhang would be moving up to Bradenton, solving the issue of having three catching prospects in West Virginia. That left Reese McGuire and Wyatt Mathisen as the catchers in West Virginia, with a possible time split that would favor McGuire. When I talked with Mathisen at the end of mini-camp back in January about the possibility of switching positions, he said he was still expecting to be at catcher,...

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Pirate City Notes:  Altoona Plays Longball
Mar18

Pirate City Notes: Altoona Plays Longball

The Pirates’ AAA and AA teams hosted their Phillies’ counterparts today at Pirate City.  These games hold less interest for me right now than the single-A teams (which of course were on the road), as they’re made up more heavily of non-prospects.  The AAA team doesn’t even have very many interesting minor league veterans right now, because they’re mostly still in major league camp.  Until some more cuts...

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Pirates Shopping Jose Tabata; Snider and Mazzaro Could Be Available
Mar18

Pirates Shopping Jose Tabata; Snider and Mazzaro Could Be Available

Rob Biertempfel tweets this morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been shopping outfielder Jose Tabata. #Pirates shopping RF Jose Tabata. Will be interesting to see if there are any takers with three years, $12.25M left on contract. — Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 18, 2014 As Biertempfel points out, a trade might be difficult, since Tabata is set to make $12.25 M over the next three seasons. He will make $3 M this...

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First Pitch: The Walking Dead
Mar18

First Pitch: The Walking Dead

I spend Sunday night and most of Monday morning and afternoon avoiding spoilers on Twitter for The Walking Dead. The last thing I want to do is spoil any episodes for anyone in an article. So consider this a spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen this season of The Walking Dead up to last week’s episode (not the one yesterday), then proceed with caution. Or just skip to the links below. If you don’t watch The Walking...

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Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)
Mar17

Luis Heredia Pitching Against Several Top Hitting Prospects (Video)

Luis Heredia going up against top 30 hitting prospects Barrett Barnes, Wyatt Mathisen, Reese McGuire, and Harold Ramirez in today’s intrasquad game at Pirate City. For notes on Heredia, check out this article.

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