First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?
Jan10

First Pitch: Who Can Be Invited to Spring Training?

Earlier today I was asked a question on Twitter about Spring Training. The first part of the question could have been answered easily on Twitter. The second part required more explaining, and would have made a good article. I decided to go with both questions for tonight’s article as a change of pace. For one, article topics are hard to come by this time of year. Also, I’m going tonight with some friends to try a deep...

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Ray Searage Doesn’t Expect A.J. Burnett to Return
Jan09

Ray Searage Doesn’t Expect A.J. Burnett to Return

Ray Searage was on 93.7 The Fan today, and was asked whether he thought A.J. Burnett would return. Searage said that the team is still waiting, but that he expects Burnett to retire and doesn’t expect him back. The interview and the article can be found here. All off-season the discussion surrounding Burnett has been on the qualifying offer. Eventually there were reports that the Orioles were interested if he did decide to...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #17 – Cody Dickson
Jan09

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Top Prospects: #17 – Cody Dickson

The Pirates Prospects 2014 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2014 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks.  Be sure to purchase your copy of the book on the products page of the site. To recap...

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First Pitch: When Should Players Change Positions?
Jan09

First Pitch: When Should Players Change Positions?

There are two types of questions I get often involving players changing positions. Usually the questions surround a position of immediate need for the Pirates. This year all of the questions involve first base. The questions have the focus of filling a first base need, either in the short-term or the long-term. I answer them all the time, but felt I would expand on each answer here. Short-Term The short-term questions usually involve...

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Jameson Taillon: The 2014 Version of Gerrit Cole
Jan08

Jameson Taillon: The 2014 Version of Gerrit Cole

In 2013, the Pittsburgh Pirates saw Gerrit Cole make the jump to the majors in mid-June. By the end of the season, Cole was starting to look like the ace he was projected to become when he was taken first overall in the 2011 draft. The Pirates are hoping for similar results from fellow top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon in 2014. Taillon, taken second overall in 2010, will start the 2014 season in Triple-A, and could very well be in...

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First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp
Jan08

First Pitch: Notes From Day Two of Mini-Camp

Today was the second day of mini-camp, and it was pretty much identical to day one. If you’ve ever been to minor league Spring Training over at Pirate City, then you’d know the routines. The entire team does their warm up exercises. Then the pitchers do their throwing programs on one field, while the fielders play catch on another field. The position players take fielding drills, and some take batting practice. The...

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