2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct29

2013 GCL Pirates Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

In previous years, I got to see 1-2 weeks of the GCL players. Most of that time came during the Fall Instructional Leagues, and I didn’t get a further look until Spring Training. This year I saw almost everyone at the level at least once, with only 1-2 exceptions. When combined with the earlier draft signing deadlines, this allowed me to see all of the new draft picks much earlier than I normally would have. On that same note,...

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First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field
Oct29

First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won’t be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and likely arriving during the 2014 season. As I...

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Alen Hanson Named to AFL Fall Stars Game
Oct28

Alen Hanson Named to AFL Fall Stars Game

The Arizona Fall League announced their “Fall Star Game” rosters, which is the new term for the former Rising Stars Game. Alen Hanson was named to the roster for the East Division, and is the only Pirates prospect who will be in the event. The selection is usually reserved for the top prospects in the league. Last year Vic Black was the lone representative of the Pirates. Gerrit Cole started the 2011 game, and Robbie...

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Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?
Oct28

Does a Free Agent Make Sense For the Pirates in Right Field?

One of the few positions of need in 2014 is right field. As I pointed out in the 2013 right field recap, the Pirates struggled throughout the 2013 season with their right fielders. That changed in late August when they traded for Marlon Byrd, although Byrd is a free agent this off-season and will likely be looking for a multi-year deal after his career year at the age of 36. The Pirates may only need a replacement option for a few...

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Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team
Oct28

Gerrit Cole Named to Baseball America’s All Rookie Team

Baseball America released their All-Rookie team for the 2013 season, and Gerrit Cole was named as one of the top five starters. That’s not a surprise, as Cole was fantastic in his rookie campaign, especially during the month of September when he started looking like an ace. The other four starters were Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Julio Teheran. BA noted that Cole’s average velocity of 95.5 MPH ranked...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field
Oct28

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field

During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They traded for Travis Snider last year at the deadline. Jose Tabata was returning, with inconsistent production under his belt. They had Alex Presley on...

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