Why Nick Kingham Would Be Too Much to Pay For Ike Davis
Dec22

Why Nick Kingham Would Be Too Much to Pay For Ike Davis

On Friday morning, I read an article by Bob Smizik talking about how¬†the Pittsburgh Pirates should be open to trading a top prospect for first baseman Ike Davis. There were parts of the article I agreed with, and parts I disagreed with. At the end of the article, Smizik asks a simple question to “all of those afflicted with PSS (Prospect Separation Syndrome)”: Why not trade Nick Kingham for Ike Davis? I guess I would...

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First Pitch: The 2014 Prospect Guide is Now Available
Dec20

First Pitch: The 2014 Prospect Guide is Now Available

I arrived in Virginia this afternoon, a few days early for Christmas, for the main purpose of trying to get the 2014 Prospect Guide out by the end of the week. By sending the book to Virginia, rather than Florida, I was able to get everything packaged up tonight to ship out tomorrow. If you have placed a pre-order, you would have received a tracking number in your e-mail. This is the fourth Prospect Guide we have produced. This...

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Pirates Sign Seven Minor League Free Agents
Dec18

Pirates Sign Seven Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signings of seven minor league free agents today. We had heard previously about Michael Martinez and Brandon Mann, while Kyle McPherson has returned to the organization. On top of those names, also announced today were LHP Adam Wilk, LHP Daniel Schlereth, 1B Travis Ishikawa and RHP Elvin Ramirez. Ishikawa, Martinez, Schlereth, Wilk and McPherson were all invited to Spring Training as...

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Pirates Had the Strongest 2013 Draft, According to Jim Callis
Dec17

Pirates Had the Strongest 2013 Draft, According to Jim Callis

Jim Callis of MLB.com reviewed the 2013 draft today, and picked the Pittsburgh Pirates as the team with the best draft in the majors. This is the second time that the Pirates have gotten a grade for the best 2013 draft. Previously, Baseball America graded their draft number one. I can’t recall if that was before or after Callis went from BA to MLB.com. Callis gives the disclaimer that it takes at least five years to really know...

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Pirates Interested in Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland
Dec17

Pirates Interested in Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland

It appears the Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking for a first baseman via trade after the Winter Meetings. Jon Heyman reports that they are interested in Ike Davis and Mitch Moreland. #prates have interest in ike davis & mitch moreland via trade — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 17, 2013 I wrote about both players in my recap of the available first basemen after the meetings. Personally I like Justin Smoak over either...

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First Pitch: The New Prospect Ranking System in the 2014 Prospect Guide
Dec17

First Pitch: The New Prospect Ranking System in the 2014 Prospect Guide

I’ve always made it known that I don’t like numerical ranking lists for prospects. They’re simple. They’re fun. They generate a lot of interest. But they don’t tell the entire story. A numerical ranking system will tell you that one player is ranked higher than another player, but it won’t tell you exactly how good one player is to another player ranked below him. There are many cases where one...

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