First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set
Mar17

First Pitch: Make No Mistake, the Pirates Rotation is Set

No one from the Pittsburgh Pirates will come out and say the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. But the truth is that the rotation is set with two weeks to go until the regular season begins. In fact, the rotation has been set for a long time. The top three starting pitchers were guaranteed spots coming into the season. Francisco Liriano pitched like an ace last year, and is in year two of his...

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Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP
Mar16

Why Gaby Sanchez Shouldn’t Be in the First Base Mix Against RHP

The first base position projects to be a platoon between Andrew Lambo and Gaby Sanchez. However, Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington was asked about the possibility of Sanchez being the everyday guy, and noted that Sanchez is in competition for the job against right-handed pitching. “As we’ve said from day one, Gaby is in that competition to become the regular first baseman, and to get the majority of at-bats...

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Spring Training Notes: Locke, d’Arnaud, Polanco, Garcia, Grilli
Mar16

Spring Training Notes: Locke, d’Arnaud, Polanco, Garcia, Grilli

Here are some Spring Training notes for your Sunday afternoon. **Jeff Locke has been recovering from an oblique injury, and threw a bullpen yesterday. Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington talked about Locke’s injury and how he needs to get built up for the majors. “Jeff’s healthy, and now we’ve got to get him built up,” Huntington said. “The clock becomes your enemy when you become a...

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A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen
Mar16

A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen

As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight contenders for seven bullpen spots. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, and Justin Wilson are locks for the bullpen due to their performances in 2013. That leaves four more players for three spots. Complicating the matter is that those four players — Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, and Stolmy Pimentel — are all out of options. All four bring a lot to...

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Week In Review: Super Two Could Be an Annual Issue For the Pirates
Mar16

Week In Review: Super Two Could Be an Annual Issue For the Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates started cutting players from Major League camp this week, including their top two prospects. On Monday they cut six players, including Jameson Taillon. On Friday they cut Gregory Polanco and Duke Welker. Polanco and Taillon will open the season in Triple-A, and both project to be in the majors by the middle of the season. Both were sent down for developmental reasons, although on Monday I talked about the...

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James Santelli Wins a SABR Analytics Research Award
Mar15

James Santelli Wins a SABR Analytics Research Award

About a month ago I mentioned that Pirates Prospects writer James Santelli was nominated for a SABR Analytics Research Award for his article on the Pirates’ defensive shifts last year. Today, SABR announced James as the winner for the Contemporary Analysis Research Award. James’ article beat out excellent articles from Beyond the Box Score, FanGraphs, Baseball America, and The Washington Post. Please join me in...

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