• Paging Dr. Rosenrosen – Hamate Bone Fractures

    Robbie Grossman recently underwent surgery to have a portion of his hamate bone removed. What exactly is the hamate bone?

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rule 5 Draft Eligible Players

    The Pittsburgh Pirates protected six players from the 2011 Rule 5 draft, adding Matt Hague, Starling Marte, Rudy Owens, Justin Wilson, Jordy Mercer, and Duke Welker to the 40-man roster.  That left the following players eligible for the 2011 Rule 5 draft. Eligible Players The first group of players are first time...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates AFL Pitch F/X Data

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  • Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

    The Mesa Solar Sox finished their Arizona Fall League season yesterday. Robbie Grossman: .375/.472/.625, 7 HR, 104 at-bats Following his breakout season in the Florida State League in 2011, Grossman was impressive in the AFL.  He hit seven homers in 104 at-bats, after hitting 13 in 490 during the 2011 regular season....

  • New Site Commenting Policy

    I haven’t done much research in to the makeup of the audience that reads Pirates Prospects, but I can safely assume one thing: the vast majority of readers are adults.  Over the last week I’ve been working on a commenting policy to establish some guidelines for what is unacceptable in the comments...

  • New Pittsburgh Pirates Future Payroll Page

    When I started this site in 2009, one of the first things I added was a chart listing the Pittsburgh Pirates payroll commitments over the upcoming years, along with a listing of how each player was acquired by the team.  For the past three seasons, I’ve been using the same chart I...

  • Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

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  • Huntington on Hanrahan, Alvarez, Marte, Cole, Cespedes

    Over the weekend, Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington participated in “Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers” – a baseball roundtable which also featured Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein, and Buster Olney.  Sox Detox was in attendance for the event, and spoke with Huntington afterwards on several key topics this off-season.  I recommend...

  • Pirates Get Their Starting Catcher in Rod Barajas

    The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first addition to the 40-man roster this off-season, signing veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one year, $4 M deal.  The deal comes with a $3.5 M option in 2013 that has no buyout.  The move was made exactly one week after teams were eligible to negotiate...

  • The Relief Pitching Market Is Heating Back Up

    As expected, the free agent market is starting off slow, with no big deals being announced yet.  Some of that is probably due to the lack of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  A bigger reason is something I outlined last week: free agency is traditionally slow throughout the month of November. We have...