Pirates Rank in Jim Callis’ Top Ten Farm Systems

In his latest Ask BA column, Jim Callis released his top ten farm systems. He noted that the list was his own personal list, and not the official Baseball America rankings, which is a group effort. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished eighth on his list. Callis had a one line summary for each system, and for the Pirates he noted that they weren’t deep, but “has impressive trios of arms and bats that most can’t...

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Update on the Pirates Prospects Job Postings

About a week and a half ago I posted a few job openings on the site in preparation for next season. I’ve received a large amount of responses so far, and I’ve gotten back to some of you. With the holidays and the Joel Hanrahan trade I haven’t had a chance to get back to everyone yet. I’m hoping to do that this week. As I mentioned in the original posting, I’m not going to be making a decision until...

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The 2013 Prospect Guide is Now Available

The 2013 Prospect Guide arrived yesterday, and is now available for purchase on the site. The book features profiles of every player in the system, along with helpful resources like signing bonus information, Rule 5 eligibility dates, and more.  It is also the only place to find our top 50 prospect list. All of the reports are compiled from information we’ve obtained from seeing the players in action, talking to team officials,...

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First Pitch: Want to Write For Pirates Prospects?

Now that the 2013 Prospect Guide is complete, I’m starting my focus on the site content in 2013. For information on the book, see the links and notes section below. I’m anticipating some big improvements for the site in 2013. One big change is that I’ll be moving to Bradenton in February. That will allow me to provide daily coverage of Spring Training, the Bradenton Marauders, the GCL Pirates, and when the time...

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Bob Nutting Gives His Input on Several Key Off-Season Topics

With the GM Meetings kicking off today, and the Winter Meetings less than a month away, the free agent market should start to pick up. General Manager Neal Huntington is in Florida for the next two days, which gives General Managers the opportunity to meet face to face and be able to start discussing potential trades. If the Pirates don’t make any moves this offseason, the club is projected to have a payroll just under $61 M on...

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Pirates Owner Bob Nutting Addresses 2012 Season

After the Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up their 2012 season with a 4-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves at PNC Park, owner Bob Nutting said that he was angry and frustrated by the final outcome of the season. On July 28, the Pirates sat at a 58-42 record — a season-high 16 games over .500 — and just three games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the National League Central. They held a spot in the Wild Card standings, but similar to...

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