First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One
Oct14

First Pitch: In Discussing the Best Players in MLB, Andrew McCutchen is Second to One

In 2012, Andrew McCutchen had his first big breakout season, hitting for a .327/.400/.553 line and putting up a 6.8 WAR. The fear at the end of the year, after the Pirates collapsed in the second half, was that McCutchen wouldn’t be able to repeat those numbers in the future, making it impossible for the Pirates to contend in future years. McCutchen didn’t repeat those numbers the following year. He improved on them. He...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?
Oct13

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Center Field Recap: Another MVP Season For McCutchen?

Each year we do a recap of every position at the major league level for the Pittsburgh Pirates, taking a look at how the 2014 season went at that position, along with the future of the position. Each year there is no position easier than the center field position. The Pirates have no question marks surrounding their center field position, either in the short-term or long-term. They’ve got Andrew McCutchen, who is one of the best...

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More High Praise For Tyler Glasnow
Oct13

More High Praise For Tyler Glasnow

Tyler Glasnow did not have a good first outing in the Arizona Fall League last week. You could say that the start looked horrible on paper, but a pitching line, especially an abbreviated one that lasted just 29 pitches, can only tell so much of the story. People that were at the game tell a much different story of Glasnow’s outing. Keith Law wrote that Glasnow was one of the top two pitchers he saw during the first week of the...

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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Reaches Base Three Times in Win
Oct13

Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Reaches Base Three Times in Win

Sunday is usually a slow day in winter ball, but five Pittsburgh Pirates players saw action. In Venezuela, Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. He is 4-for-14 in the first four games and has been the DH in each of the last three games after catching the opener. Jose Osuna went 0-for-4 and is now 1-for-12 on the season. After being used as a DH in his first two games, he played his first game at first base. Matt...

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AFL: Gamache Drives in Run During Scottsdale’s Extra Inning Victory
Oct11

AFL: Gamache Drives in Run During Scottsdale’s Extra Inning Victory

On Saturday in the Arizona Fall League, Dan Gamache was the only Pirates player in the starting lineup. He batted third and played second base, while both Elias Diaz and Josh Bell sat out their second straight game. Adrian Sampson came on to pitch the seventh inning, his second relief appearance. Scottsdale moved to 3-2 on the season with a 7-6 win over Surprise in ten innings. Gamache grounded out to first base in the first inning,...

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Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer
Oct11

Russell Martin Turned Down a Pirates Mid-Season Extension Offer

I missed this while I was on the road yesterday, but Jon Heyman reports that Russell Martin turned down an offer during the 2014 season from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Heyman says that the terms of the deal were unknown, and that there’s no indication that the sides are anywhere close on a deal right now. This news isn’t a surprise. I wrote the other night about how Martin has been looking forward to free agency since the day...

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