The Pirates Are No Longer Projected as Playoff Contenders
Apr28

The Pirates Are No Longer Projected as Playoff Contenders

The first three series of the year went great for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They went 2-1 each time, finishing with a 6-3 record and looking like they could be on their way to contending once again. Then they were swept by the Brewers, and since that 6-3 start, they have gone 4-13. In the process, they’ve fallen from one of the top seven teams in the playoff odds, to a team that is unanimously projected to finish the season with...

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Top Performers: Pirates Hitters Cutting Down on Strikeouts in the Minors
Apr28

Top Performers: Pirates Hitters Cutting Down on Strikeouts in the Minors

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the top ten players from the last...

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Top Performers: Sadler, Sampson, and Glasnow Off to Good Starts
Apr28

Top Performers: Sadler, Sampson, and Glasnow Off to Good Starts

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten scores are highlighted in the write-up below. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really...

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Prospect Highlights: Homer From Gift Ngoepe, Hits From Polanco and Lambo
Apr28

Prospect Highlights: Homer From Gift Ngoepe, Hits From Polanco and Lambo

In yesterday’s Prospect Highlights, the focus was the season that Gift Ngoepe is having at the plate. His defense is already Major League ready and his speed will be an asset, but coming into the 2014 season, it looked like his bat could keep him from reaching his big league dreams. He had a tough time in AA last year, then really struggled in the Arizona Fall League. The results are good early on, with Ngoepe drawing 17 walks...

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First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling
Apr28

First Pitch: It’s Hard For the Pirates to Win When These Five Players are Struggling

We’re almost a month into the 2014 season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a rough start. They’re 10-16, the offense has been poor, and the pitching has been closer to middle of the pack than a top group this year. There are calls for Gregory Polanco to arrive on a daily basis, along with any other help the Pirates can find. Guys like Polanco would help, but the truth is that this team is seeing several of their...

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Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates at the Major League Level
Apr27

Week In Review: The Injury Bug Hits the Pirates at the Major League Level

Injuries have played a big role in the minor leagues this year. A lot of top prospects have missed time, and that includes Jameson Taillon, the top pitching prospect, going down with Tommy John surgery. In the last week, the injuries have started to hit the Major League team as well. Wandy Rodriguez was the first to go down, although the move was convenient for the Pirates, since Rodriguez was struggling and had lost some velocity on...

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